A large Pearl City family is figuring out what to do next after their single-story home went up in flames Saturday morning.
Honolulu Fire Department’s Battalion Chief John Kino said 34 people live at the home. Out of the 15 adults and 19 children who live there, he said no one was injured when the blaze broke out shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Puu Kala Street.
"The good thing about this home was it is an attached dwelling. So there were some fire stops, fire walls between the original home and the attached dwelling. So that kind of kept it from extending into the original home," said Kino.
Kino said the extension is a total loss, which leaves nine people without a home. He said all 34 people are without electricity.
"I'm still nervous and panicked and worried," said the homeowner Vick Howard.
"I was terrified from all the fire coming out of the house and all of a sudden I heard a big boom," said resident J-Ward Howard.
Vick Howard, who is the family patriarch, said many of his family members were still sleeping with the flames erupted.
"When I smelled the smoke from the garage, I came out and I saw the smoke is already there. I called, 'Fire! Get out from there!'" he said.
Vick said he was especially worried about his daughter who was in a room in the attached dwelling with another family member.
"I tried to get in there but the flames came out from the hallway and the door...I didn't care about the flames because I worry about my daughter and the guy inside the room," he said.
"My grandpa was yelling at the door, breaking the door, getting through the fire and he was breaking the door to get her out," J-Ward said.
"I tried to open the door, but the room was locked so I kick, kick, then I broke the door. So I told them to come out, so they came out safely," said Vick.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Total damage is estimated at $160,000. Fire officials said no other homes were damaged.