Salt Lake home destroyed in fast-moving blaze

Salt Lake home destroyed in fast-moving blaze

SALT LAKE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Flames quickly engulfed a home in Salt Lake on Friday morning, and left two people with minor injuries.

In addition to the structure that was destroyed, at least two other homes and a nearby car appear to have sustained fire or water damage.

Paramedics were called to assist two men, a 21-year-old and a 26-year-old. They both refused transport to a hospital.

Four occupants, including two men, one woman and one child, were home at the time of the fire and were able to evacuate, according to officials.

The blaze started about 9:20 a.m., and forced the closure of Salt Lake Boulevard for more than an hour.

Nearby homes on Likini Street were also evacuated over fears the fire would spread.

Skye Yee-Autele was home alone when she smelled smoke and saw the flames coming from her neighbor's home.

"I was scared," she said. "I ran outside ... I thought we were all going to die. I didn't know what to do."

The blaze was officially extinguished at 11:17 a.m.

Honolulu fire officials say that the fire caused an estimated $628,000 in damage including $483,200 to the home's structure, $95,000 to its contents, and $50,000 in damage to neighboring structures.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross of Hawaii has been deployed to help displaced residents.

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