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Woman, two boys escape serious injury as fire destroys Nanakuli home

NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that has left a Nanakuli woman and her children without a home this holiday season.

The Honolulu Fire Department said the fire was reported at 10:09 a.m. Sunday at a home on Mohihi Street. According to witnesses, neighbors were able to get the woman and her two young sons out of the home.

"And before I knew it, it just went into flames. There was no chance or anything," said next-door neighbor Noelani Nakanelua. "We were just lucky to get her and her children out. And after that, it just went up into smoke."

Fire units arrived at the scene just five minutes after the first alarm, but by that time, the fire had spread in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.

"It's an older home," said HFD Battalion Chief James Perkins. "It's single-wall construction, so it goes up pretty quick."

Perkins said the 37-year-old woman and the boys, aged four and seven, were able to get out of the house okay.

"There were some minor injuries, a scratch and some other small stuff," said Perkins. "EMS checked them out at the scene and they refused transport."

Nakanelua, who lives next door, is concerned because the woman has been raising her children as a single mother since her husband died two years ago. The fire also comes just a few days before Christmas.

"It's really hard for me to watch her go through this all over again," said Nakanelua. "She doesn't deserve any of this, you know. So it's tough being a witness to this and living next to her and knowing her so well."

Damage is estimated at $130,000 to the home and its contents. The fire also caused $10,000 damage to a neighboring home and $15,000 to a car.

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