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Elderly woman dies in Liliha fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:57 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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hanoz808 wrote:
i hope she's ok
on December 14,2011 | 06:52AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
You need to reread the article. Unfortunately, she died.
on December 14,2011 | 11:57AM
1local wrote:
How did the vehicles catch fire - appears to be several feet away. other than the victim was there others in the home? Someone must own the vehicles...
on December 14,2011 | 08:03AM
glam99 wrote:
My condolences, RIP.
on December 14,2011 | 08:07AM
Emz wrote:
on December 14,2011 | 10:46AM
highwayman wrote:
Mahalo nui to the brave firefighters who risked their lives to save the life of another.
on December 14,2011 | 12:03PM
Vivgie wrote:
Another pwer strip failure? Dp tjese tjomgs jave expiration dates? Did they get overloaded and fail to shut down? There needs to be an article in the Sunday papers what is going on and how to take preventive actions. Come on fire inspectors. Educate us.
on December 14,2011 | 12:57PM
Vivgie wrote:
Home construction and renovations laws now require wired smoke detectors and solar photovoltaic panels. Maybe even solar water heaters, too. What's next? In house ceiling sprinklers? How about escape doors in every room in the house with rope ladders. Seriously how do you get out of an upstairs bedroom when you;re 77 years old? Just about ALL windows are impossbile to crawl through unless you have a house built before the fifties where windows were made with steel pulley weights and slide up and down. Jalousies became popular because instead of half a window opening for air to flow through the whole opening became free to flow air through. Remember that when you buy those new sliding door windows. Burglar-proof new vinyl jalousies? True the can't come in but can you get out? What did I do in my house? I bought a longer ball peen hammer for every room in my house. Might like to upgrade to a good-sized ax from Home Depot. You should, too.
on December 14,2011 | 01:15PM
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