MILILANI (KHNL) - Sad news out of central Oahu Thursday evening as a late-afternoon fire in Mililani leaves a family homeless.
Fortunately all seventeen people who live in the house have been accounted for.
John Hook snapped a few photos of the fire shortly after three Thursday afternoon, as a two-alarm fire gutted this house on Waimakua drive. As firefighters fought to put out the blaze, neighbors say they also did their best to fight it.
"We was at our house and then we just heard someone yell fire, fire. So we came over here and stayed and just helped them out and stuff.", said Jose Talamantes.
Raymond Callejo was also in the area. "When I came down here the fire was just kinda contained to the back for a while but before all the rest of the fire crews came in was already coming out the front it was kind of raging pretty fast."
Sailau Minute is just one of the 17 people in this extended family who lived in the house. She says it's hard to fathom what her and her family has just been through.
"I was on my way down the hill and I seen the black smoke and my cousin who lives up the street, she called me and she said you know your house is on fire so I drove in and all I seen is flames, like black smoke all over, said Minute.
"I just came and my neighbors like hugging me and sorry and I guess my neighbors next door they were trying to shoot the water hose but the flames was too big already, but i'm speechless kind of."
Minute says losing her home was a shock, but she says she's grateful that each member of her family escaped serious injury.
"Right now everybody's in shock. You know you seen on T.V. you don't think it's going to happen to you, but I don't know. I really don't know."
No one was seriously injured in the fire, but a woman in her 40s did suffer minor smoke inhalation. The Red Cross was called in to assist the family. Damage is estimated at $450,000. Fire officials aren't sure how the fire started.