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Honolulu firefighters rescue 2 from Waikele house fire

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An 80-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman were rescued from their Waipio Gentry home today after their garage was found emanating “heavy smoke and flames.”

The Honolulu Fire Department responded to a 911 call at around 12:30 a.m. about a building fire at 94-1002 Koliana St. and found a “small” two-story, single-family home with smoke and fire coming from its garage.

As firefighters battled the two-alarm fire in the garage, they received reports that two people were still inside the dwelling. Both were rescued from the smoke-filled home.

The 80-year-old man was found near the door to the garage and the 78-year-old woman was still asleep in an upstairs bedroom. They received medical attention at the scene and were transferred to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services just before 1 a.m. EMS reported both occupants to be in stable condition.

HFD was able to fully extinguish the fire before 1:30 a.m.

The origin of the fire was determined to be near the dryer and the cause was found to be accidental.

Total damages from the fire have been estimated at $117,000, including $110,000 to the house itself and $7,000 to its contents.

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