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Aiea home badly damaged by fire

Courtesy: Eric Shishido Courtesy: Eric Shishido
Raymond Yamagida Raymond Yamagida
Barbara  Yamagida and her dog Yuki Barbara Yamagida and her dog Yuki
Cecelia Naboa Cecelia Naboa
AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to a two-alarm house fire on Pono Street in Aiea this morning. 

"The living room, the kitchen, the dining room, up in flames," said homeowner, Raymond Yamagida.

The 81-year-old man said he moved quickly to get his family out of the home at 98-344 Pono Street in Aiea when fire broke out around 6:15 a.m.

"She yelled fire," said Yamagida of his wife. "So, I got out, with my great grandchild and we got out with one dog, but we left one dog sleeping in the bedroom."

The couple's three year old great grandson had spent the night. Yamagida's 80 year old wife, Barbara, stood clutching their shaken poodle Yuki at the scene. The Yamagidas believe their other poodle, Tia, didn't survive.

"I guess he's gone, because of the smoke, said Raymond."He can't breathe in the smoke."

About 30 firefighters responded according to Honolulu Fire Captain, Carlton Yamada. The first crew arrived within five minutes of the alert at 6:22 a.m. by the homeowner's security company. Raymond and a neighbor held back the fire with garden hoses until they arrived. Smoke spread thru the Aiea area. City traffic cameras captured it blanketing the freeway.

Next door neighbor, Cecelia Naboa was terrified.

"Oh my Lord, its coming to our house already," recalled Naboa. "The big flames, so I was scared."

Police helped her move two elderly patients she cares for out of the home, along with four other family members.

A woman of faith, Naboa said she grabbed her statue of Jesus called Santo Nino in the Philippines and marked crosses on the windows facing the flames, then prayed.

"Lord, please stop the fire, oh Lord," she said. "And then it happened you know. It's really a miracle you know."

Firefighters used special foam to suppress the flames which were contained to the home and under control by 6:56 a.m.

Mr. Yamagida said he believes the fire started in the kitchen. It's the front room on the right of the home where the primary black charring was visible from the street. He believes his wife may have accidentally turned on a burner that may have overheated a pan of left over oil.

"She normally puts on the stove for hot water, but I guess she put on the wrong burner that had the oil pan that she normally makes Lumpia and the oil caught fire, and that's it. Went up in flames."

The Red Cross is helping out the family.

Yamada said preliminary damage is estimated at $240,000. He said 40% of the interior of the home suffered significant heavy damage with the rest suffered smoke damage. A fire investigator will determine the official cause.


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