Fire destroys Punaluu home, nine homeless

Connect Now photo courtesy slvrbull3t
Connect Now photo courtesy slvrbull3t

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters responded to a fire at 53-416 Kamehameha Highway at about 6 a.m. Wednesday that destroyed a two-story house.

Nine occupants, seven adults and two children, live in the home and all have been accounted for, according a fire department spokesperson.

Damage has been estimated at $600,000.

Eight residents were home at the time of the fire and all escaped without injury before the HFD arrived. The house is in Punaluu Valley, although is has a Kamehameha Highway address.

Thirty-five firefighters from seven companies including five engines, two ladders, a water tanker, and a battalion chief responded.

First arriving fire fighters reported the home engulfed in fire and crews keep the fire from spreading. No other properties were damaged.

The house where the fire began sustained heavy damage and is unlivable.

The American Red Cross has been requested to assess the needs of the nine residents displaced from this home.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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