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Blaze ruins Kalihi home

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A two-alarm fire engulfed a home in Kalihi on Thursday.

Firefighters responded shortly before 11 a.m. to the fire at 1574-A Machado St., where smoke and flames were coming from the doors and windows of the two-bedroom home, according to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins.

A man in his mid-30s was inside but escaped.

Richard Zamora, who lives in a home adjacent to the destroyed house, said the resident is his nephew. “He’s shaken up,” Zamora said, adding he had some minor burns. “He could’ve got really burned badly.”

“I’m just glad nobody got hurt,” Zamora said.

Thirty-eight firefighters brought the fire under control at 11:15 a.m. and extinguished it at 11:53 a.m. Jenkins said the home is considered “a total loss.”

Though the Fire Department is investigating the cause, Zamora said it might have started from a candle his nephew lit in his bedroom but left unattended when he fell asleep in the living room.

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