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Man dies in Makiki house fire, daughter narrowly escapes

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fatal house fire in Makiki on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Maocampo808 Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fatal house fire in Makiki on Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Maocampo808
A man in his 50s was killed in a Makiki house fire Saturday; his daughter was able to get out of the home with the help of neighbors. Photo Courtesy: Guia Coreene A man in his 50s was killed in a Makiki house fire Saturday; his daughter was able to get out of the home with the help of neighbors. Photo Courtesy: Guia Coreene
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A man in his 50s died Saturday after a raging fire engulfed his home in Makiki.

His daughter, in her 20s, managed to escape with the help of good Samaritans who risked their lives to save hers.

"My heart goes out to them. It's never easy losing a family member, especially when this kind of thing happens," said Robert Mendes, who helped rescue the woman.

Mendes said he ran back home after a neighbor said the woman couldn’t get out of the window.

"She told me to grab tools because there was a woman trapped in and we have to break her out. So I ran home, grabbed a hammer and a pick and I ran back over and swung at the window, gave it one good crack and pulled it off. And the gentleman helped, was trying to pull her out. She didn't want to come out at first. She just jumped into our arms and we got her down," Mendes said.

Honolulu Fire Captain James Todd said the woman and her father were the only ones home at the time.

Mendes said the woman kept screaming for her father. 

"It was horrible because she was saying there was someone still in the house and he needs help and he was in the next room that was covered in black smoke. Smoke was coming out of the window, fire was coming out of the window," he said.

"If it wasn't for my neighbor... she probably would not have gotten out. It was a community effort," said Mendes.

Fire crews responded to the call at 11:01 a.m. with 35 personnel and 15 companies. The fire was under control at 11:30 a.m.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the fire and where it started. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released.

Police closed Kewalo Street as fire crews battled the flames.

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