Neighbors take action in Kaimuki house fire

Kaimuki fire displaces multiple families, home at 'total loss' (Sunday 5pm)

KAIMUKI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Yellow tape surrounds a home that is now a total loss on 15th Avenue and Noeau Street in Kaimuki after a fire destroyed it on Saturday.

Exclusive video obtained by Hawaii News Now shows the raging fire that affected 25 people living in two homes.

Sobs from children can be heard in the video as they watched their home go up in flames.

Firefighters arrived on scene around 2:15 p.m. Thick black smoke billowed from the home as they battled the blaze. Forty minutes later, the fire was out and the home had turned to ashes. But even before fire crews arrived, neighbors ran to the rescue to try to do as much as they could.

"We're pounding on the house, making sure everybody was out...checking on the neighbors, making sure they were out," said Royce McClung.

"He gave me the hose and that's how I ended up with the hose so I tried to do what I could to help keep the fire in check," George Kong Jr. said.

Kaimana Kong captured video on her cell phone as she tried to console the neighborhood kids.

"I don't want my house to burn down. Does it have to burn down?" can be heard in the video.

"Of course emotional…so they were crying and just wondering. I know they kept yelling, 'My house is burning! My house is burning!' So trying to just comfort them," said Kong.

A total of five families were affected, three in the destroyed home and two in a neighboring home that was damaged as well.

A woman was taken to the hospital after suffering from a burn injury and two firefighters were also treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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