House fire causes traffic on Pali Highway.; 2 left homeless

Cause of the fire under investigation

 UPDATED 4:52 PM HST Nov 15, 2012
HONOLULU -

A fire in Nuuanu Thursday morning left two residents without a home and brought rush-hour traffic to a crawl.

The fire started at around 6:45 a.m. on the 2700 block of the Pali Highway, according to fire officials.

Two lanes on the Pali Highway were shut down while firefighters battled the flames, narrowing the traffic into town to just one lane.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within minutes, but fire officials say getting to the flames wasn't easy.

"Basically, flames coming from that heavy damaged portion of the house," said Capt. John Bowers.  "Then, we had to climb over the actual gate portion of the property -- an electronic gate.  So, we had to climb over that to come in."

According to fire officials, the two people who live in the home, a woman in her 50s and her son in his mid-20s, were not inside at the time the fire started.  The American Red Cross is helping them with food, shelter and clothing.

Damage was estimated at $180,000.  Fire officials say the home was too badly damaged to be repaired.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

PHOTOS: Nuuanu House Fire
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A fire in Nuuanu Thursday morning left two residents without a home and brought rush-hour traffic to a crawl.

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