WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Louise Perrei could barely speak as she gazed at the home she once shared with her family.
Ten people are now depending on the generosity of others for a place to stay.
Flames spared nothing. A devastating blow to a household already dealing with hardship.
"We were at the doctors with my sister because she has cancer," said Perrei.
Flames broke out just before 11:00 Wednesday morning.
Mayrose Delacruz was in the neighborhood checking out a car for sale when she saw thick black smoke. She called 911 and then took action.
"I went to his house and was knocking to get him out saying you're house is burning. He was the only one inside," said Delacruz.
"Got my husband out. Thank God for that," said Perrei.
Perrei says he was in a back bedroom and would likely have had to jump from a window if Delacruz hadn't knocked when she did. Now that she knows her husband is safe her main concern is her sister and making sure she's as comfortable as possible during this doubly difficult time.
"All of her medicine all her pain meds everything is in the house," said Perrei.
Fire investigators are working to determine an exact cause. Family members tell me that it likely sparked from a pan of grease that was someone forgot about on the stove.