Large 2-alarm blaze destroys Kalihi home

Large 2-alarm blaze destroys Kalihi home

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters are investigating the cause of a large 2-alarm blaze that destroyed a single-family home in Kalihi on Friday afternoon.

The fire at the residence on Winant Street started about 12:36 p.m. and was extinguished by 1:17 p.m.

Forty-seven firefighters battled the blaze before getting it under control. A total of eight people were displaced by the fire.

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When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Ludovico Cabero, who has lived in the home since 2009, said the fire started in the Diamond Head side of the house.

“When I was in the living room, I switched on my TV and I smelled something like burning,” he said.

“I was scared, I was shocked. And I don’t know what to do so I get my hose."

Vill Mangoba, who lives across the street, said the flames were too big to put out with a garden hose. He told the residents to get out immediately.

“I found there were three people inside that didn’t know about it. So I tried my best to evacuate everybody out.”

A Honolulu Fire Department spokesman said the property did not have working smoke alarms or fire sprinklers.

A total of four women, three men and one child live in the home. The American Red Cross is assisting.

This story will be updated.

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