MOILIILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dark smoke could been seen from miles away as emergency crews raced to a home in McCully Saturday evening for a two-alarm fire that injured one person.
The residents escaped, but one firefighter was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
A resident who was inside the home when the fire broke out says if her neighbor didn't yell "fire" she and her family may not have escaped.
Lai Xu says he pounded on the home as he desperately tried to get his neighbors out safe.
“We seen a little bit of smoke coming out the side of the house. At that point I jumped over the fence and started pounding on the side of the house trying to make everyone aware, see where it was actually coming from," Xu said.
Xu says he and another man were able to rescue some of the residents before fire crews arrived at 1737 Waiola Street.
"We kicked the door down just to make sure that nobody was inside and thankfully no one was inside but the entire apartment had just flames coming out and at that point the entire house was on fire. We did what we could and try just water everything down as much as we can until fire department got here," said Xu.
Fire officials said time of alarm was at 6:14 p.m. The fire was under control within about 40 minutes. But at last check at 10:00 p.m., crews still were on scene.
Authorities say ten tenants live in that home that is split into five separate units.
Red Cross is assisting all of the residents because the home is a total loss. But some people in the community are also stepping in.
"When I saw their house caught on fire, I just figured it was the right thing to do to bring them some groceries and some stuff so they wouldn't have to worry about food or staying warm or brushing their teeth. So I brought them blankets, toiletries, groceries, canned foods. Less to worry about, they already got enough to worry about with their house burning down," said Rich Granillo, a neighbor.
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.
Officials say the damage to the building is estimated to be at $240,000.