Fire tears through Makiki home, killing an elderly woman and man

Two people have died following a large blaze that broke out from a home in Makiki on Thursday afternoon, the Honolulu Fire Department said.
Published: Feb. 23, 2023 at 1:16 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2023 at 5:32 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An elderly man and woman were killed Thursday afternoon when a large blaze tore through a two-story Makiki home, the Honolulu Fire Department said.

HFD said 10 units with nearly 40 firefighters responded to the fire on Spencer Street around 12:50 p.m.

When they arrived, flames were shooting out of the home’s roof.

Fire crews doused the flames while searching for occupants.

HFD Acting Battalion Chief Malcolm Medrano confirmed the two senior citizens were killed in the blaze. The man was found just outside the home under the exterior staircase, while the woman was on the ground floor inside a bedroom.

Honolulu police, Emergency Medical Services, the Hawaiian Electric Company and Red Cross also responded.

The fire was extinguished by 1:40 p.m.

HFD is still investigating the cause as well as damage estimates.

Loved ones have created a GoFundMe to help support the third person who lived in the home. Kathy Gross and her dog were not home when flames broke out last Thursday, but they lost everything inside.

To help support, click here.

This story will be updated.