Kailua home destroyed in blaze

Kailua home destroyed in blaze
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KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a Kailua home just before midnight Thursday.

It took about 30 firefighters to bring the fire under control.

Andrew Palmer, 19, was in the house at 408 Iliaina St. when the fire started, along with his dad and stepmother. He said a neighbor across the street woke them up by yelling "fire."

His 56-year-old father suffered burns to his right upper arm while trying to put out the fire. He was taken to an area hospital

Palmer said his 47-year-old stepmother also made it out of the house.

Two dogs and one of their two cats have also been accounted for.

When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were pouring out of the garage. The blaze was extinguished by 12:58 a.m.

Police also responded to the blaze, and said 10 minutes before the fire broke out, they were called to check out a suspicious person reported in the neighborhood.

Officers didn't find any suspicious people, or the person who made the call.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins estimated damage to the home at $500,000.

In addition to the home, the family's boat, two dirt bikes and two cars were also damaged in the fire. Additionally, the side of the neighbor's home closest to the fence line suffered some damage.

Anyone with information on the blaze is asked to call police.

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