Three people are homeless after a fire gutted their home at Laie Point yesterday.
Laie Point house fire
torches 2-story rental unit
Fire officials estimate that the fire
caused $410,000 in damage
Firefighters responded to the blaze at 55-072 Naupaka St. at about 3:07 p.m.
Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kenison Tejada said the two-story structure is a rental unit.
A woman who lives on the first floor and a woman from the second floor were home when the fire started but escaped without injury, Tejada said. A man who lives on the second floor was not home.
Nancy Wood, a Brigham Young University-Hawaii student who lives near the home, said, "Within five minutes it was taking over the whole house."
Firefighters brought the fire under control at 3:56 p.m. Fire officials estimated damage to the structure and contents at $410,000.
Tejada said the fire started in a bedroom on the ground floor; however, the cause is still being investigated.
The American Red Cross is assisting the three residents with living arrangements.
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