Fire destroys Ma'ili homeUPDATED 7:44 PM HST Jul 19, 2014Video Transcript
Young. A fire destroys a Ma'ili home despite efforts of neighbors to save the property. KITV4's Brenton Awa has our top story. 9-13 36-40 This picture was taken this afternoon of a house in Ma'ili ... Just before witnesses say -- the home collapsed after it went up in flames. 615 "OH THE THING WAS HIGH. THE THING WAS HIGHER THAN THE TREE. THE THING WENT BLOW THREE TIMES. THE FIRST EXPLOSION THE THING WENT ENGULF, THE THIRD ONE THE THING JUST WENT BLOW THE WHOLE HOUSE." Joseph Kahu'e lives nearby -- he ran over to his aunty's yard once he says he saw thick black smoke pouring out of the neighboring property. 543 "I WAS ALREADY SHOOTING THE WATER ON THE HOUSE AND LIKE I SAID ONCE IT BLEW UP I COULDN'T REALLY DO NOTHING BUT JUST TRY AND SAVE OUR SIDE." 1012 "WHEN THEY DISCOVERED THAT THE FIRE BROKE OUT THEY GRABBED THE WATER HOSE AND STARTED PUTTING THE FIRE OUT." The neighbors were able to save their homes from major damage -- but it wasn't without risk. 602 "I WAS GETTING BURNED, FELT LIKE THIS PAINT PEELING OFF THIS WALL." 625 "EVERYTHING WENT FLYING THIS WAY WE GET DEBRIS ON THE GROUND SO WAS KIND OF CRAZY." Luckily -- Firefighters say no one was in the house at the time. And no one was hurt. Because no one was living there. The house on Hila Street was scheduled to be torn down. 955 "THE HOUSE IS PRETTY MUCH DONE." A family member of the homeowner says the only thing lost was family belongings. This fire broke out around 12:30 this afternoon. Firefighters had it put out about a half-an-hour later. The cause is still under investigation.