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Palolo fire leaves 5 homeless

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMFire destroyed a home and vehicle on Palolo Avenue between 6th and Waialae avenues Friday morning.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Fire destroyed a home and vehicle on Palolo Avenue between 6th and Waialae avenues Friday morning.
  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMNeighbors look over the damage from a fire that destroyed a Palolo home Friday morning.
    CRAIG T. KOJIMA/CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Neighbors look over the damage from a fire that destroyed a Palolo home Friday morning.
  • CRAIG GIMA / CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMResidents displaced by an early-morning fire on Palolo Avenue speak to investigators. A small dog was among those who escaped the burning home.
    CRAIG GIMA / CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Residents displaced by an early-morning fire on Palolo Avenue speak to investigators. A small dog was among those who escaped the burning home.
  • CRAIG GIMA / CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COMA fire investigator enters a home on Palolo Avenue that was destroyed b fire Friday morning.
    CRAIG GIMA / CGIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    A fire investigator enters a home on Palolo Avenue that was destroyed b fire Friday morning.

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a three-bedroom Palolo house and left five people and a dog homeless Friday.

Firefighters arriving at the home on the 1200 block of Palolo Avenue at 2:49 a.m., found the single-story structure fully engulfed in flames and smoke, said Capt. Dave Jenkins, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman. 

Firefighters brought the fire under control at 3:10 a.m.

Although there were no smoke detectors, people living there woke up because of the heat generated by the flames, Jenkins said. 

They escaped the burning home without injuries.

Some neighboring homes suffered smoke and paint blistering from the fire, Jenkins said.

No damage estimate was immediately available.

Police briefly closed Palolo Avenue from Waialae to 6th avenues as firefighters extinguished the fire.

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