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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:20 a.m., Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Seven in Nanakuli left homeless in blaze

By David Waite
Advertiser Staff Writer

Seven adults were left homeless after a fire destroyed two, older wooden homes in Nanakuli this morning.

The fire, which destroyed units F and G at 87-1428 Akowai Road, was reported about 6 a.m..

Fire Capt. Emmit Kane, a Fire Department spokesman, said one of the six adult tenants in Unit F smelled smoke and saw flames coming from a storage shed between Units F and G , which are very close together.

"She attempted to put out the blaze but couldn't and alerted the others in Unit F," Kane said. "The elderly woman in Unit G is an early riser who said she gets up every day between 3 and 4 a.m.," Kane said. "She became aware of the fire when it cracked one of her windows, and was able to get herself and her dog out of the building without assistance," Kane said.

According to an initial estimate, the fire did about $225,000 damage to the two homes and their contents.

Fire investigators were at the scene this morning trying to determine what caused the blaze.

"Right now, there is no indication of any foul play or that it was fireworks-related," Kane said.

Workers from the Hawaii chapter of the American Red Cross were at the site this morning providing assistance to those left homeless by the fire.

Five other homes are part of the complex, Kane said.

"Their biggest inconvenience right now is that they have no electrical power," Kane said. "But Hawaiian Electric Co. workers are here attempting to restore it as quickly as possible," he said.

Kane said today's fire occurred in the same group of homes where 19-year-old Frank Krzyska was found dead after a fire on Nov. 4 in his family's rented duplex.