Family helps stop brush fire from reaching their homes

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A brush fire that forced people out of their homes Friday afternoon is now out.

The fire started around 3 p.m. near Kaika Place in Haleiwa.

It burned about 10 acres and threatened as many as eight homes.

The fire came really close to some homes on Achiu Lane. It’s a street right off of Kamehameha Highway as drivers head into Haleiwa town.

“We came home and this is what we came home to,” Achiu Lane resident Ashley Schucht said.

A fire was creeping up towards their property, like a predator stalking its prey.

“I hope my house doesn’t burn down, and make sure I have a place to sleep tonight,” Achiu Lane resident Mark Schucht said.

The smoke was thick and unpredictable.

“We are pretty scared, a lot,” Ashley Schucht said.

“It’s crazy. I grew up here and it’s gnarly seeing a fire in the back yard,” Achiu Lane resident Justin Tantog said.

Justin, Ashley, Mark, and everyone who lives on this property on Achiu Lane — they’re all family.

“That’s why everybody’s here helping each other out in time of need,” Mark Schucht said.

Even though they were told they should leave, they decided to stay to help out the firefighters.

“We’re just watering all the grass that surrounds our area so that it slows down the process,” Ashley Schucht said.

“Gotta do what we gotta do for save our house.  Moving everything, explosive gas, jet skis with all gas inside and just trying to shoot water on the grass.  Hopefully we can get it done, but I think we need a truck to come down here because the fire is over there already,” Mark Schucht said.

Kalani Seeley lives down the street, but came over to help water down the brush.

“And there’s only one fire hydrant on our street so we need a couple more,” Seeley said.

Thankfully, after a few hours but what seemed like eternity, firefighters killed the fire before it attacked the homes.

“Thank goodness for all the families coming down and all the fire departments coming down for help us get this done.  I get one bed to sleep in tonight.  I can lay down with my family knowing there’s a roof over our head not trying to find a place to sleep,” Mark Schucht said.

No homes were damaged and no one was injured.

The fire was deemed under control by about 7:15 p.m.

The cause is still under investigation.

Related Story: Honolulu firefighters battled brush fire in Haleiwa

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