Star-Adv: ’28 people homeless, 1 injured in Makaha fire’

28 people homeless, 1 injured in Makaha fire
By Gregg K. Kakesako gkakesako@staradvertiser.com
May 3, 2016
Updated May 3, 2016 11:00am

Photo courtesy of Russell J. Hogan. This photo posted on Twitter shows the fire on Lahaina Street in Makaha.

Photo courtesy of Russell J. Hogan. This photo posted on Twitter shows the fire on Lahaina Street in Makaha.

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused an early morning house fire in Makaha that burned a man, left 28 people homeless and damaged neighboring structures and vehicles.

Paramedics treated one man for second-degree burns to his arm following the fire that began just after 5 a.m. on Lahaina Street.

Thirty-two firefighters arrived at the scene 14 minutes after the 5:08 a.m. alarm and saw smoke coming from the structure. Firefighters brought the flames under control at 5:52 a.m., a Fire Department spokesman said in an e-mail.

The 2-alarm fire burned a single-story home and spread to neighboring homes.

Twenty-two people in the home at the time of the fire escaped.

Six adults were displaced from a damaged neighboring home. The American Red Cross is helping residents affected by the fire.

A damage estimate was not immediately available. However, the home where the fire broke out is considered to be a total loss. The fire also burned neighboring structures and vehicles.

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