Fire kills pet, leaves Kailua family homeless

Fire destroys Kailua home
Fire destroys Kailua home

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kailua family lost their home and their pet in a fire Friday afternoon.

The Honolulu Fire Department says the blaze was reported at 12:24 p.m. at 796 Kaipii Street. A military family was renting the home from a Kailua woman. The family, including two adults and two children, was not home at the time of the fire, but the family's dog was in the home at the time.

Officials said the entire structure was in flames when fire crews arrived.

"We heard a couple of little explosions while I was in my back yard," said neighbor Thomas Johnson, who arrived home shortly after the fire started. "You could feel the heat from my house. There was a lot of fire coming out the back."

"We were able to keep the fire from spreading," said Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig. "It didn't burn anything other than the house that had already caught fire. Fortunately, there was no one home at the time, but unfortunately, the family pet did not survive."

The dog was found in the front part of the home.

Damage is estimated at $400,000, including $360,000 to the home and $40,000 to its contents.

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.

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