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Blaze destroys Wahiawa home, displaces 2 families

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WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Two families are homeless following a two-alarm fire Tuesday morning that destroyed a two-story Wahiawa residence.

Nearly 30 firefighters arrived on scene of the fire around 8:30 a.m., where the home had already been fully engulfed, Honolulu Fire Department Battalion Chief Alan Carvalho said. Crews were able to get the blaze under control by 9:21 a.m., he added.

Firefighters said eight people were at home when the fire started, but were able to get out before firefighters arrived. A 35-year-old woman was treated for burns to her hand and was transported to an area hospital.

Firefighters said damage to the home was estimated at about $300,000. 

Neighbor Lauriano Lucas said he was at home at the time and could see the thick black smoke billowing from several houses down the road.

“It was just pure black smoke,” he said. “That's all you could see.”

Carvalho said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

“Due to the partial structure collapse, it's going to be difficult for us to get inside to initiate our investigation,” Carvalho said.

The Honolulu Fire Department said the blaze is a good reminder to have a fire plan in place.

“We just had fire prevention week a few weeks ago, and one of our pushes is to have smoke detectors in every bedroom, and early notification helps the occupants safely get out and early notification for us as well,” Carvalho said.

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