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2 escape unharmed in Waipahu house fire

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WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A man and a woman were unhurt after a fire raced through a Waipahu home late Wednesday.

The two-alarm fire was first reported shortly after five o'clock in a two-story residence on Waikele Loop. Cell phone video shows flames pouring out of the windows in the back of the home, which faces Waikele Road. 

"When we came from shopping all we saw was like big black smoke, and that's it," said neighbor Tony Malubay. "We just saw a lot of firemen coming in and out."

The Honolulu Fire Department said the man and the woman in the house smelled the smoke and were able to get out uninjured. Fire crews were able to hold back the flames from the Waikele Road side, and kept the blaze from spreading to other nearby homes.

"When we got to the scene we noticed 75 percent of the house was involved, and so we decided to approach from the bottom section, where we could connect to a hydrant and make an interior attack," said fire Capt. Dwayne Lee.

Firefighters were able to get into the house through the open front door. The fire was brought under control by 5:24 p.m. and was extinguished by 6:15 p.m. 

Neighbors said they didn't really know the people in the house.

"Get a lot of residents coming in and out of this property," said Malubay. "They rent."

Damage has been estimated at $300,000, according to HFD. Most of the damage was in the back bedroom area of the second floor, where an air conditioner had fallen from the shattered windows.

Fire investigators are still trying to determine the fire's cause.

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