HONOMU, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - An early morning fire destroyed a Big Island house, but a neighbor managed to save a man and a boy from the burning home. Flames ripped through the single-family structure on Puako Street at about 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday. A 10-year-old boy was asleep inside when a neighbor ran over.
"My uncle Ron said, 'There's a fire! There's a fire!' I woke up and then Uncle Ron broke the door in the back and then I ran out and then Uncle Ron dragged Uncle Dukey out," explained Reagan, a student at Kalanianaole Elementary.
Neighbors called 911 and sprayed the house with water to try to keep the flames from spreading.
"My wife woke me up. She said, 'Fire!' and we heard somebody yelling 'Fire.' So we went out. I took my flashlight cause was still dark and just went and tried to put out the fire, well at least keep the fire from getting to the other homes," said neighbor Gideon Aki.
By the time firefighters arrived, the roof had collapsed, but Norman Aguinaldo was grateful that his brother Anthony "Duke" Aguinaldo was safe. Medics took him to the Hilo Medical Center in stable condition.
"He's overweight and he get hard time walking," explained Norman Aguinaldo.
"I was scared. I never knew if my uncle would make it out," said Reagan.
Damage is estimated at $60,000. Reagan was glad that everyone was okay, but he lost some prized possessions in the fire.
"My Xbox, my clothes, my toys, and all that," said Reagan.
Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.