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2 escape early morning fire at Kalihi home

Honolulu firefighters responded to an early morning fire at a one-story home in Kalihi today.

Six fire units staffed with 22 personnel arrived at 2147 Kaumualii St. at 3:14 a.m. today to find a single-family home with smoke and flames emanating from the rear of the structure. The fire was brought under control at 3:19 a.m. and fully extinguished by 4:44 a.m.

Awakened by smoke and light, an adult male resident tried to fight the fire with a garden hose, but could not get it under control. A second male resident woke to the commotion, and both exited the structure. The first man sustained minor burns to his arm and hand but refused medical attention.

Another man and woman live at the house but are currently on a trip. The home did not have a working smoke detector.

The Honolulu Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire. Damages are estimated at $200,000 to the structure and $20,000 to its contents. A home behind the structure sustained minor heat damage estimated at $500.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants. No other injuries were reported.

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