A woman and her 9-month-old daughter were killed in a Kaimuki fire this morning at a Honolulu Police Department officer’s home, officials and neighbors said.
Firefighters responded to 733-A Luakaha St. at 8:09 a.m., brought the fire under control by 8:25 a.m. and extinguished it by about 9 a.m.
Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said the bodies of an adult and baby were found in the carport and the living room, respectively.
Seguirant did not release any more information on the victims.
Neighbors identified the deceased as Connie Moribe Wharton, 33, and daughter Sophia.
HPD Lt. Nathan Wharton, the husband and father of the victims, was not home at the time of the fire.
A police chaplain and HPD Deputy Chief John McCarthy were among the HPD officers who responded to the fire scene.
“We are supporting our officer during this heartbreaking tragedy,” said HPD Acting Chief Jonathon Grems in a statement. “Few of us can begin to imagine the pain of his loss, and we will continue to support him in the days to come.”
Neighbors said they heard a “loud boom” and saw a large plume of smoke at the time of the fire.
A woman, who declined to give her name, said she was on her way to babysit the couple’s baby.
“When I was driving up, I saw the thick black smoke,” the woman said as she stood on the sidewalk near the charred home.
The woman, who is also a friend of the baby’s grandmother, said the house was engulfed in flames when she arrived.
Two vehicles also sustained damage from the fire, and a family dog was killed.
Firefighters said damage to the home, its contents and a neighboring home is estimated to be $720,000.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.