2 women in serious condition following Palolo house fire
Two women are seriously hurt and 19 people are displaced as a fire rips through a house in Palolo Sunday morning.
Jody Van Sciver was at his home near near 9th Ave. and Paalea St. around 10:45 when he heard his roommates yelling upstairs.
"I was downstairs watching a movie on my computer and I heard running around upstairs. I heard the girls screaming, ‘Fire! Fire! Fire!'"
Before fire crews arrived, Van Sciver said he tried to douse the flames first with a fire extinguisher then with a garden hose.
"So I went and got the fire extinguisher we have in our downstairs kitchen and I went upstairs. And by that time though the fire in the room, in the girls' room, was pretty much out of control," he said.
"I ran outside and got the hose and turned it on full blast and started squirting water up through the windows and the windows started cracking.”
"The telephone wires started snapping and falling on the ground. So when that happened, I just got out of there, it's too dangerous," he said.
Fire Capt. Rick Maurer says there were reports of residents still inside the home when they arrived at the scene around 10:45 a.m.
"We received a call for a house fire, approximately nine units responded. They found the second floor of structure involved with fire, flames coming out the side window," said Maurer.
Maurer says it took about 35 personnel to fight the fire. He says it was under control shortly after they arrived and it was extinguished about an hour after that. He says about 25-percent of the home was engulfed in flames. Fire officials say the two-story home is divided into four sections.
Van Sciver says luckily everyone managed to escape, but not everyone got out unscathed.
Emergency Medical Services says a 36-year-old woman suffered first-degree burns to her leg and a 52-year-old woman was treated for smoke inhalation. Paramedics transported the two women to an area hospital in serious condition.
Van Sciver says he doesn't know how the fire started, he's just glad all the tenants and animals are alive.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire investigators say damage is estimated at $225,000 to the building, $25,000 to its contents and $1,000 to a neighboring building. Red Cross is assisting the tenants.
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