Firefighters extinguish 2-alarm fire at Kapalama home

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A two-alarm blaze destroyed a home in Kapalama on Wednesday afternoon and sent thick black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

“It was very, very intense,” said John Keaulana, who lives just down the street from where the fire happened. “The smoke and the heat, you can feel 'em from one house away.”

Nine people who live in the two-story home are being assisted by the American Red Cross of Hawaii.

Some 39 firefighters responded to the fire on Kealia Drive about 1:15 p.m. It was declared under control by about 1:35 p.m., and extinguished about an hour later.

At one point, the roof in the rear of the home collapsed. No injuries were reported.

HFD said flames caused a total of $400,000 in damage to the home and its contents.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Keoki Kaalele said a dog at home when the fire started was rescued and is doing OK.

He added that it was lucky that the blaze didn’t spread to neighboring homes.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

This story will be updated.

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