Pauoa family of 5 homeless after fire
Fire damaged a Pauoa home last night, leaving a family of five and their five dogs homeless.
A 15-year-old girl, who was a guest at the 2173-A Booth Road home, was taken by ambulance to a hospital for possible smoke inhalation, police said.
Fire and police officials said four people were inside the three-bedroom home at the time of the fire, but they and the dogs escaped
A woman in her 50s and her four children live in the home and were finding shelter with other family members last night.
"The house is pretty much consumed," said Honolulu fire Capt. Emmit Kane, who added, "very little is salvageable."
Kane said police responded to a dropped 911 call from the home and when officers arrived, residents were coming out of the burning house.
Police called the Honolulu Fire Department at 8:49 p.m. and firefighters arrived to a home fully engulfed in flames. Kane said 35 firefighters responded and had the fire under control at 9:18 p.m.
The fire's cause is under investigation but police said it did not look suspicious. Kane said it appears to have started in the bathroom.
Fire officials said the home was hard to reach at the end of a steep driveway and that neighbors helped fight the blaze with fire hoses.