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34 people safe after two-alarm house fire in Pearl City

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Firefighters responded to a fire Saturday morning at 786 Puukala Street in Pearl City.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Firefighters responded to a fire Saturday morning at 786 Puukala Street in Pearl City.

Honolulu firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire Saturday morning in Pearl City.

Nine fire companies arrived at 9:13 a.m. at 786 Puu Kala Street to see a one story house with flames and smoke coming from front doors and windows of the house.

The fire was under control at 9:45 a.m. and extinguished at 9:53 a.m.

All 15 adults and 19 children escaped without injury, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A damage estimate has not yet been determined.

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  • All those people and nobody remembered to turn off the stove? Iron? In all seriousness, with 19 kids, I’ll put money on someone playing with matches or a lighter.

  • Who knows how the fire started? Stove left on? Kid playing with lighter/matches? Too many appliances plugged into the outlet/extension cord? Fire inspectors will determine the cause. My wife and I live in a 3 bdrm 2.5 bath 1500 sf home. Kids left the nest. I asked my wife to 1) downsize, 2)take in foster kids or 3)my SIL’s ungrateful nephew/college kid or 4)homeless relatives. She said 1)no; 2)no; 3)no; no. I tried, but happy wife, happy life. She does most of the cleaning, so I don’t complain.

  • Because of this over capacity of occupants, we will have a new law that requires us to post a maximum amount of people in each home according to size, just like the restaurants have.

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