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Elderly woman dies in Liliha fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:57 a.m. HST, Dec 14, 2011

A 77-year-old woman died in a fire in Liliha early this morning,  police and firefighters said.

Police said a neighbor heard popping sounds outside of his bedroom window and saw the woman's garage on fire at about 4:39 a.m.

Firefighters arriving on scene at 4:44 a.m. saw heavy flames in the front of the 2-story wooden home on Bachelot Street, said Capt. Terry Seelig, a fire department spokesman.

Seelig said firefighters entered the home and found the woman in an upstairs back bedroom and carried her out.

She was unresponsive, Seelig said. Firefighters and paramedics were able to resuscitate her before taking her to the hospital in critical condition. Seelig said she died at the hospital.

He said the fire had not reached the bedroom where the woman was found.

Firefighters brought the flames under control at 4:58 a.m. and extinguished the fire at 5:58 a.m.

Seelig said the home suffered heavy damage. The cause of the fire and an exact damage estimate are still being determined.

Police closed Bachelot Street between Kuakini and Judd streets while firefighters battled the fire and reopened the road at about 7:40 a.m.

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