by: Mari-Ela David
NANAKULI (KHNL) - Flames ravage a two family home in Nanakuli leaving more than a dozen people homeless. Firefighters say about 14 people lived in the house, including a mother who is thankful her son is alive.
Her little boy was so scared, he crawled underneath the burning home.
Flames ripped through the top floor. Neighbors say everything was falling, windows were shattering - they thought the building was going to collapse.
Witnesses say a mother ran out of the building with her son, hysterical because her other boy was missing.
"Apparently, he was out of sight underneath the house so another friend came around grabbed the son. My brother brought him to the lady," says Manuel Caspino, a witness.
"Seen him hiding underneath the house, he never want to come out so I had to run underneath and drag him out," says Matthew Mauai, a neighbor.
Firefighters say they got the call just after 2:00 p.m. on Monday. It took 25 of them to battle the flames, and they brought the fire under control within 15 minutes.
The American Red Cross assisted eight of the 14 residents displaced by this fire. Investigators say it completely destroyed the top floor, and the bottom floor suffered water damage.