Ewa Beach fire displaces 22

Ewa Beach fire displaces 22

EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Twenty-two people in Ewa Beach have been uprooted by a three-alarm blaze that caused more than a million dollars in damage.

The fire, which started around 1:30 Friday afternoon, charred nine, two-story apartments in the Kulana Village condominium complex on Fort Weaver Road.

"I was first in shock. I did my crying already so we just take it from there," said Camilla Yorong, who has lived in the complex for 14 years.

Forty-five firefighters from 11 companies were able to put the fire under control within 30 minutes.

A 26-year-old man suffered cuts after he broke several jalousies to warn occupants. He was treated by emergency personnel and was taken to a nearby hospital.

"Right now to be honest, my mind is blank, I don't know what to think," said Dustin Mokulehua, whose apartment was gutted by the fire.

Several displaced residents said they will stay overnight with relatives. Red Cross officials were on hand to offer help.

"So if they have someplace to go, we would be making sure they have food and clothing to take with them," said Renise Bayne, a Red Cross volunteer.

Camilla Yorong said she's not worried about the financial loss -- just the items that can't be replaced.

"My mommy's ashes are still in there. I need to get her and my dad's picture," she said.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause.

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