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HFD: East Oahu blaze that damaged 6 homes caused $2M in damage

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EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A fast-moving blaze that damaged six homes in East Oahu on Sunday caused more than $2 million in damage, fire officials said.

Because of the extent of the damage is too significant, fire investigators said they wouldn't be able to determine the cause of the fire.

The blaze started about 4:35 p.m. at a home on Kalaniwai Place in the Kalani Iki Estates subdivision.

Some 54 firefighters responded, and several area homes were evacuated.

Residents who were at home when the flames started were able to escape and no one was hurt.

Fire Capt. Kevin Mokulehua said the terrain — with homes situated on a slope — and the fact that the properties were close together made fighting the blaze more difficult.

"A lot of the homes are closely packed together so we have a lot of exposures to deal with," he said.

Witness Johnny Louch, who is visiting Hawaii, said he smelled what he thought was plastic. Then he saw a house on fire.

"The neighbor behind had his hose pipe on the roof to try and subdue the flames," he said. 

On Monday, officials said the first home to catch fire had about $400,000 in damage. Rare, original artwork in the home was destroyed.

Damage to the five other homes ranged from significant damage to roof damgae.

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