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Fire destroys abandoned home in Nanakuli


    Firefighters cleaned up at the scene of a house fire in Nanakuli this morning.


    A neighboring home suffered damage in a house fire in Nanakuli this morning.

Firefighters extinguished an early morning, three-alarm fire that destroyed an abandoned home in Nanakuli.

At about 3:45 a.m., 15 units with 48 firefighters responded to the blaze at single-story structure at 87-212 Mikana St. When they arrived, the structure was fully engulfed in flames and caused damage to a two-story home next door.

Eight people inside the adjacent home escaped when the fire broke out. One of the residents, Loreta Pacleb, 83, sustained a minor injury to her right arm as she escaped the blaze.

Honolulu Fire Spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said the fire was brought under control just before 4:20 a.m. and extinguished it at 4:53 a.m.

Neighbors say a man who resided in the abandoned home allegedly set the fire to the structure and is responsible for multiple fires previously set on the property.

At about 11 a.m. Monday, firefighters were at the same property to extinguish a small fire, according to Battalion Chief Craig Uchimura.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage is estimated at $300,000 to the structure and $5,000 to its contents.

The American Red Cross is assisting neighbors impacted by the fire.

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