An 82-year-old man escaped a fire that broke out today in his apartment in Waipahu.
Shortly after 9:20 a.m., firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at the two-bedroom apartment at Kunia Terrace, a three-story residential building at 94-049 Waipahu St.
Resident Dionisio Impelido Sr. said he was sleeping on his living room couch when he woke up to flames coming from his adult son’s bedroom.
Impelido managed to escape his apartment without injury. Impelido lives in the apartment with his girlfriend and adult son. His girlfriend was not home at the of the fire and his son was outside of the unit when the fire broke out.
No injuries were reported.
When firefighters arrived, they observed smoke and flames emanating from the apartment’s rear window.
Neighbors grabbed a hose line from one of the building’s fire hose cabinets and sprayed water at the apartment to help reduce the spread of the blaze before firefighters arrived.
Honolulu Fire Spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said firefighters brought the fire under control shortly after 9:30 a.m. and extinguished it at 9:46 a.m.
The blaze was confined to the apartment that sustained smoke damage.
A fire investigator has classified the cause of the fire as undetermined. Damage to the apartment was estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $20,000 to its contents.
Volunteers of the American Red Cross responded to assist the Impelido family.