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15 residents displaced after Kalihi house fire

A fire that began in the kitchen of a three story Kalihi home caused nearly $185,000 in damage on Monday evening and displaced all 15 of the home's residents, according to the Honolulu Fire Department.

Fire department officials say one of the residents of the house was heating oil to fry food at just before 9:30 p.m. when the oil ignited. The resident then attempted to use a fire extinguisher to control the fire, which caused it to spread throughout the kitchen.

Firefighters responded by approximately 9:33 p.m., finding heavy smoke and fire activity coming from the bottom floor of the building, and began fighting the flames. The fire was reported under control by 9:45 p.m. and extinguished by 10:37 p.m.

15 residents were reportedly displaced, many from smoke that made it unsafe to remain in the parts of the house not damaged by heat or flames, according to fire department officials. Most of the residents were home at the time of the fire, but no injuries were reported.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to the scene of the fire to help residents with food, shelter, and other needs. 

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