A family of five is devastated after their Ewa Beach home caught fire.
The fire broke out just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday at a home located on Laupai Street, across from Holomua Elementary School.
This morning, I just saw some smoke coming out the house and I went over there and I saw people saying, ‘Fire!’ And then I came out, then called 911, and everybody else started coming,” said 11-year-old Cody Ah Hee, who lives nearby.
About 30 firefighters responded. Within minutes, they were on scene.
“When he got closer, he saw that smoke was coming from the second story and most of the flames was on the first floor,” said Battalion Chief James Perkins of the Honolulu Fire Department.
HFD officials say the mother and her children managed to escape without injuries. But then she ran back inside to get her pets and got trapped on the second floor. She then exited through a window and got stranded on the garage roof.
Neighbors quickly sprung into action. They brought a ladder and helped her down.
HFD wants to send out a clear message to the public. In the event of a fire, they want you to get out and stay out.
“This could’ve been much worse if there wasn’t an escape route for her. So that’s the priority, life safety,” said Battalion Chief Perkins.
Neighbors we spoke to say it all happened so fast. Some were afraid that the fire would quickly spread.
“I was so nervous really because it’s so close,” said Alden Lanuevo, who lives next door.
“We grabbed all the hoses in the yard, whatever we could find, and we just started hosing down whatever we could put out,” said Aldrich Lanuevo, who lives next door.
The fire was brought under control by 11 a.m., but not before the flames made the house unlivable.
The cause of the fire and total amount in damage are still under investigation.
Officials say the fire started in the kitchen area.
As for the pets, officials say at least one of them did not make it out alive.