Fire destroys home in PupukeaUPDATED 8:01 PM HST Aug 15, 2013Video Transcript
9 people narrowly escaped a devastating fire in Pupukea on Oahu's North Shore. It started shortly after midnight. HOW it started is still a mystery tonight. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto reports. At first light this morning... a first look the devastation left behind at the home on Alapio Road. The second floor of the two- story home - gone. NINE people were inside when the flames started racing through the house.. It was a scramble to get out alive. 53:55 I LOOKED UPSTAIRS AND THERE WAS A FLAME COMING OUT OF ONE OF THE ROOMS. 53:57 THEN MY DAUGHTER CAME FROM ANOTHER ROOM AND WE ALL STARTED SCREAMING AND YELLING AND RUNNING AROUND, AND THEN THERE'S A LADY LIVING IN THE BACK SO WE WENT AND GOT HER, AND EVERYBODY GOT THE ANIMALS TOGETHER AND WE ALL CAME RUNNING OUTSIDE AND WE WERE JUST STANDING THERE LIKE BEWILDERED. 54:12 Ron Artis lives next door. 57:23 IT'S A TWO STORY HOUSE THEY HAVE A BIG ABOUT 6 AND A HALF -7 FOOT WALL AND THE FIRE IS JUST COMING OVER IT. 57:30 He ran outside to open the gate on the fence he shares with the home that was being swallowed by flames. 57:39 I NOTICE THESE PEOPLE TRYING TO GET OUT THE BACK ENTRANCE OF THE PROPERTY BECAUSE THE FRONT ENTRANCE IS ENGULFED IN FLAMES. 57:43 I GO OVER TO A GUY TRYING TO PULL IT OVER SO I HELP OPEN IT ALL UP AND ABOUT FOUR PEOPLE COME RUNNING OUT. 57:51 All nine people made it out... The five family members and four guests. So did the family's dogs... But their cat .. Did not. They also lost two cars... Plus a brand new Harley motorcycle. 54:52 WE DON'T KNOW HOW IT STARTED THEY'RE GOING TO INVESTIGATE AND I'M GOING TO BE CURIOUS TO FIND OUT. 54:55 The family members say they plan to stay with friends for now. Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News. Fire investigators estimate the blaze caused 300-thousand dollars in damage.