Honolulu firefighters rushed to a two-alarm house fire in Kailua Tuesday. The call came in from 401 Keolu Dr. before noon.
Eight companies of firefighters were called in to fight the blaze. The flames also caught the attention of people in the area.
Joey Muller was at his cousin’s house nearby when he noticed something wrong. “We saw a bunch of smoke coming and went down the street to check it out and saw the house engulfed in flames,” said Muller.
Firefighters were able to control the flames in less than half an hour.
All the shouting woke up Jordyn Reindollar next door who was asleep at the time. While the fire spared his house, the flames and smoke were too much for him.
“I ended up grabbing a hose next to my house and tried to shoot down the fire,” said Reindollar. “It wasn’t good enough, obviously.”
Muller came to the aid of one of the residents. “I saw Glen, he had a hard time breathing, so… I took the shirt off my back and (helped him) breathe into it, to make him breathe better, and I put ice on his chest to cool him down” said Muller.
Two men, ages 48 and 52, were in the house at the time of the fire. They were taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. One suffered minor burns to his arm. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
The two men, and others, scrambled to save not just the house but also their dogs. A construction crew in the neighborhood on a lunch break also came to the rescue of the pets and grabbed a water hose as well.
“I actually helped the owner carry the dogs over the fence,” said James Awana. “They had six dogs. All the dogs are okay.”
Fire investigators put the damage estimates at $500,000 to the house, $50,000 to its contents, and another $50,000 to the cars in the garage that were consumed by the flames.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Keolu Dr. was closed in both directions between Akeke Pl. and Akipohe St. for nearly two hours.