3 displaced after fire guts Lanikai home | News
LANIKAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Three people are homeless after a fire destroyed a Lanikai home Thursday afternoon.
The fire happened on Mokulua Drive around 1:45 p.m. When firefighters arrived they found flames shooting from the home. Crews managed to get the flames under control by 2:13 p.m.
"We ran a few errands and were driving back and saw smoke and my heart started beating and as we got closer we realized it was close to my mom's house," said Rachel Marquard, who lives right across the street from the burned house. "The owner said he thinks the hood of the car caught on fire and then the house went from there."
"The fire was up and the sky was gray. The flames were big, way taller than the tree. Then it hit the light pole and before you know it there were sparks going off with that," said Malia Cabbab, witness. "The truck was on fire and in seconds it was incredible. It blew up in flames. It started in the garage and worked its way to the house."
"Homes in this community are older and it's not unlikely for a fire to spread under those conditions," said Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department.
Honolulu Fire Captain Terry Seelig says damage to the house is estimated at $360,000.
The total property value of the home located across the street from Lanikai Beach is $1.1 million. It was a three bedroom home built in 1956. It is a rental. The homeowners are on the mainland.
Seelig says a woman using a garden hose to fight the flames suffered minor burns to her hand. She was treated for the burns and smoke inhalation.
No one was home at the time of the fire, the American Red Cross is helping the three who lived in the home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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