3 rescued from raging Molokai house fire

PC: Maui Fire Dept.
PC: Maui Fire Dept.

KAUNAKAKAI, MOLOKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fire officials are investigating what caused a fire that sent two people to the hospital on Molokai.

Crews from all three stations on island (Kaunakakai, Hoolehua, and Pukoo) rushed to the single-story home on Kamiloloa Place around 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

They said three people were inside of the home when the flames broke out. Police officers rescued a woman in her 70s and her friend by pulling them through a bedroom window and firefighters rescued a man in his 70s.

Michael Fiorito lives a couple of houses down and he said popping noises caught his attention.

"At first I heard what I thought were fireworks…but then it took me couple of seconds to figure out no, that's a fire because people were running down the street," Fiorito said.

Fire officials said an aircraft fuselage, among other things, was destroyed in the fire. They said when crews got on scene they reported "defensive fire conditions" and a fully engulfed structure, which they later discovered to be a detached garage at the front of the property.

Fiorito said the dead-end street is up on a hill from Molokai Shores and the road was soon full with concerned neighbors.

"It was intense. There was controlled chaos I would call it. But the authorities were doing the best they could with a raging fire," said Fiorito.

Authorities said eleven firefighters from all three stations on island, even off-duty firefighters were called in to help.

"The first responders were there in a heartbeat. So I wish (the victims) the best and hope that the immediate response was beneficial to their recovery," Fiorito said.

The two women were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and minor injuries. The man was evaluated and released on scene. Fire officials said the fire was contained to the garage area, but damage estimates are not available.

Red Cross has reached out to the victims.

Fiorito said the neighborhood is very close and tight-knit as is sure the community will come together like how communities in Molokai so frequently do.

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