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Punaluu fire leaves 9 people homeless

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:38 p.m. HST, Mar 23, 2011

A fire this morning destroyed a two-story house in Punaluu and left seven adults and two children homeless.

Eight of the occupants were home when the fire broke out just before 6 this morning and escaped without injury. 

Firefighters said the home was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived at 6:04 a.m..

Thirty-five firefighters from seven companies including five engines, two ladders, and a water tanker responded to the alarm.

The American Red Cross was called to help the nine residents displaced from the home at 53-416 Kamehameha Highway.

A fire department spokesman said the fire sustained heavy damage and is unlivable.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimate was available.

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