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Young Boy Suffers Serious Burns in Ewa Fire

By Tracy Gladden

EWA (KHNL) -- A three-year-old boy is hospitalized after an early morning fire rips through a home in Ewa.

The fire was reported shortly before 9:00 Thursday morning.

Chopper 8 gives us a bird's eye view of the scene on Maliko Street as firefighters work to put out the flames in the two-story home.

"Please come home the house is on fire. That's all she told me," said Lei Hernandez.

Lei Hernandez was just getting off work when she received a call no one wants to get.

"When I came home I saw my roof, everything was just smoking," Hernandez said.

Her son, daughter, and grandson made it out of the home on Maliko street, with the family dog.

"A three-year-old child was taken to Straub. Possible 40% first and second degree burns, said Fire Captian,  Earle Kealoha.

"I think he was looking for somebody to help him, and then when my daughter came down and she grabbed him," said Hernandez.

Fire fighters say that the single-family home did have fire detectors, however they say the detectors didn't go off.

When neighbors first saw the smoke coming out of the home next door they called 9-1-1 and then grabbed their garden hose and attempted to put out the flames themselves.

The fire was put out in about 15 minutes, but completely gutted the second floor of the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation

The red cross is assisting the family.

Investigators say the fire caused about $300,000 dollars in damage.

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