KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui police officers are being credited with saving a Kahului family from their burning home.
Police say officer Gershom Slonim was on patrol on South Papa Avenue in Kahului, observed heavy smoke coming from the residence of 656 South Papa Avenue. Slonim parked his vehicle, retrieved his fire extinguisher, and entered into the garage of the residence where he observed two people sleeping.
Police say he was able to wake them up and helped them escape through the garage. He then entered into the home through the open front door. Upon entering into the residence which was quickly filling up with smoke, Officer Slonim observed a pot on the stove in the kitchen on fire. He utilized his fire extinguisher and attempted to put out the fire. He then exited the residence to catch his breath because of the heavy smoke.
Police say Maui officers Randy Takayama and Darryl Honda arrived on scene. After catching his breath, Officer Slonim entered into the residence again along with Officers Takayama, and Honda. They then assisted in evacuating all of the people out of the residence safely.
Chief Gary Yabuta stated, "We are very thankful for the bravery of Maui Police Department Officers Gershom Slonim, Darryl Honda, and Randy Takayama, whose actions saved many lives this morning. Our concern now is that these very officers and victims fully recover from this particular fire."
Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga stated, "Through investigation it was found that a pot was left on the stove, this pot caused a small fire to the kitchen and living room located on the first floor. An estimate of $7000 of damages were reported to the room and contents. There was no fire extension to the second floor. The call was reported by a MPD patrol car driving past the house. The occupants of the house were asleep at the time the fire occurred. He evacuated everyone and utilized his fire extinguisher to control the fire. A dozen people occupied this home, no one was injured or required medical attention."
None of the dozen people living in the home were injured.