A 55-year-old woman and two cats died in a two-alarm fire this morning at a two-story home near Booth District Park, Honolulu firefighters and the victim’s family said today.
The woman’s identity has yet to be released by officials, but Terry and Kerry Linthicum, siblings who shared the home, said the woman’s name was April Anderson.
She was Kerry Linthicum’s girlfriend and the two had spent about 30 years together and lived in the top floor of the home.
Honolulu Fire Department Battalion Chief Alan Park said a fire at 2373 Pauoa Road was reported at 8:45 a.m. HFD sent 10 units and 38 personnel to battle the fire. The fire was under control at 9 a.m. and extinguished by 9:10 a.m.
Park said the first HFD company arrived at 8:54 and “found heavy black smoke coming out of the second-story window.”
Neighbors informed HFD that a person was possibly inside the structure, where three people lived. Terry Linthicum who was home in the ground-floor unit, said her brother wasn’t home at the time of the fire.
Park said “upon entry initial crews found a non-responsive patient.” The woman was taken to the garage where medical care was initiated and transferred to Kuakini Hospital around 9:10 a.m., he said.
After the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s car arrived late this morning, Park confirmed that the woman had died.
Terry Linthicum said two cats, Yellow Boy and Cheyenne, also died in the fire. She said she heard furniture moving around prior to the fire and had thought it was the cats. Then, she smelled the smoke.
American Red Cross Hawaii volunteers responded to assist residents.
HFD is investigating the cause of the fire. The total property loss is estimated at $32,440.
The home did not have sprinklers or a fire extinguisher, Park said.