4 left homeless after early morning blaze destroys Waipahu home

WAIPAHU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters are trying to determine what caused a fast-moving two-alarm blaze early Thursday that destroyed a Waipahu home.

Four people were left homeless after the fire, which broke out around 2 a.m. on 94-125 Pahu Street.

Fire officials say that even though the first unit responded to the scene within five minutes, the home was completely engulfed when they arrived. Firefighters had the fire under control in half an hour, but it wasn't fully extinguished until just before 4 a.m.

Nearly 40 firefighters from seven different stations responded with engine and ladder trucks.

Four adults inside the home were able to escape safely on their own, but firefighters on the scene say a pet cat was transferred to a pet hospital for treatment.. No one was injured, but Emergency Medical Services did assess the two men and two women and briefly treated them for smoke inhalation.

Fire officials on the scene believe the home is a total loss. Five vehicles were also damaged in the blaze.

While it's unclear what caused the fire or where it originated, firefighters believe it started toward the rear of the single-story home in what appears to be an extension.

Neighboring houses on each side were damaged by flames, though the extent of the damage is unclear at this time.

Hawaiian Electric Company was called to the scene to respond to arcing power lines that were sparking on bushes around the home and appeared to be electrifying a nearby fence. Power was cut to the area and the gas was also shut off after a leak was discovered.

The American Red Cross is assisting the home's occupants. Fire damage estimates are not available at this time.

This story will be updated.

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