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Palolo fire leaves 5 homeless

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:32 a.m. HST, Aug 1, 2014

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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