Waipahu home damaged by fire
The interior of a four-bedroom home in Waipahu was extensively damaged by a fire this morning.
The family of three was not home at the time, but two pet dogs died.
Firefighters were dispatched to the home at 94-1108 Kahuamo Street just before 7 a.m. The fire was declared under control at 7:23 and extinguished at 7:30.
Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said four engine companies and two ladder companies responded to the alarm.
When firefighters arrived, a neighbor was using a garden hose to try to put out the flames and to protect his own home.
Seelig said firefighters used their compressed air foam system to weaken the fire, then entered the house with hoses.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
Seelig said the home is uninhabitable. Damage estimates were placed at $260,000 to the structure and $40,000 to the home's contents.
The Red Cross is assisting the residents.