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House collapses in Waianae; 15 people displaced

Four Waianae families endured a frightening awakening early Sunday morning when their single-story home fell off its posts and crashed onto its foundation.

Fifteen people, including one infant, reside in the home, although only 13 were home when the Puhawai Road house collapsed at about 1:30 a.m.

No one was injured in the incident.

The American Red Cross assisted the families with food, clothing, bedding and other supplies. However, the residents declined hotel accommodations and are remaining at the property, with the approval of their landlord, to protect their belongings.

The home was suspended on 3-foot posts. A Red Cross spokesman said wood rot and termite damage to the posts, combined with high winds overnight, may have contributed to the collapse. 

 

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