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Man, 83, injured trying to save pets in Aiea fire

By Robert Shikina

LAST UPDATED: 01:27 p.m. HST, May 16, 2014

An early-morning fire destroyed a three-bedroom Aiea home and burned an 83-year-old man, who tried to save his pet dogs.

The fire, reported just before 3 a.m., was fully involved when firefighters arrived at 98-358 Pono St., acting Fire Capt. Craig Souza said.

Brian Liborio, one of three people who lived at the house, said he pulled both of his father and 80-year-old mother out of the burning structure through a window.

Liborio, 50, said his father, 83, sustained minor burns to his face trying to save two dogs. The dogs died along with a parakeet, Liborio said.

Liborio's father went to the hospital and said he tried to extinguish the fire in the garage, but the extinguishers did not work. 

Souza said the house and four vehicles were destroyed in the two-alarm fire, that also caused a few explosions.

Firefighters used foam to bring the fire under control in about 45 minutes. Seven companies responded.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.  There was no damage estimate Friday morning.

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Anonymous wrote:
Brian, I thank God that you, and your mom and dad are okay! I am so very sorry for the loss of Scruffy, Rex and Uncle Bob. I cried as I read that. My heart hurts for you and I hope God will heal you and your family's heart from this loss!
on May 16,2014 | 09:57AM
kiragirl wrote:
And may I had, may God Bless and take care. My heartfelt sympathy.
on May 16,2014 | 11:22AM
Anonymous wrote:
if there was a god they wouldnt have died you idiot
on May 16,2014 | 02:12PM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
I've been thinking of you and your family all day! God Bless all of you!!
on May 16,2014 | 05:57PM
glenn57377 wrote:
Thank goodness the people will be OK. How so very sad for the pets. They play a big part in our lives with love and the gift of happiness. After you are on your feet, go get yourself some more pets. You will find they will love you just as much - and you, them. Peace and healing to all of you.
on May 17,2014 | 06:45AM
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