Woman and three children escape unhurt as fire destroys their Ewa home

EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman and three children escaped unhurt as a fire destroyed their Ewa home on Sunday morning.

According to the Honolulu Fie Department, the blaze was reported at 10:34 a.m. at a two-story, single family home on Laupai Street. Fire crews found the structure engulfed in flames when they arrived.

"I just saw reddish fire coming out from their bedroom," said next-door neighbor Alden Lanuevo, who was doing yard work at the time. "I call my wife, maybe you can call 911 because something is burning at our neighbors'."

The woman and three children, including an infant, a three-year-old and a 10-year-old, were in a second floor room, according to HFD Battalion Chief James Perkins. 

The mother was able to get the children out safely, but she returned to the home to retrieve some pets and was nearly trapped by the flames.

"She excited from the second-story window and was on the garage roof when the neighbors came and rescued her," said Perkins.

Some of the family's dogs were saved, but at least two other animals were lost in the flames.

While pets are like family, authorities caution that flames can spread quickly.

"Once you get your children out safely, we want you to stay outside," said Perkins. "This would have been much worse if there wasn't an escape route for her."

The cause and damage estimate of the fire are still being determined.

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