3-alarm fire claims the life of Makiki man
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A woman in her twenties was able to get out with the help of some neighbors, but not a 57-year-old man.
"You could just hear loud noises, windows crashing in, and all of us just ran to try and help them," said Gloria Lewis who lives a few houses down.
"There was only two people home: one sadly was a fatality, and the other, she had smoke inhalation. I guess it wasn't bad enough that she had to be transported," said HFD Captain James Todd.
One neighbor who lives next door said he smelled something burning but didn't think too much of it until he heard the screams. He went out to douse the large flames with a hose and then tried to get through a window, but it was being obstructed.
"So I ran back home and got a pick and a hammer, went over, swung one time, took the chicken wire out. It came all out, and we tried to help the lady jump out the window," said Robert Mendes.
With the help of another neighbor, the woman was able to get to safety just in time.
"She jumped out and we both caught her and put her down, then she said her relative was still in the house," says Mendes.
Family members were grief stricken when they learned their loved one never made it out. The fire was brought under control at around 11:30 a.m. and fully extinguished at 12:33 p.m.
"The companies did a great job in extinguishing the fire and not have it extend to any of the other buildings," said Todd.
Red Cross was on scene to assist the family.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It took 35 personnel from 15 companies to put it out.
HFD says the fire caused about $420,000 in damage.