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Blaze in Nanakuli
"She almost gave us a heart attack when we saw her go back," Hagmoc said.
Bartholomew said the fire in her unit was not too bad when she re-entered the apartment.
"I didn't want her to get hurt running around, so I got her leash," Bartholomew said. But she didn't get her heart and blood-pressure medication, which were lost in the flames.
Fire Capt. Emmit Kane said going into a burning house to retrieve belongings is ill-advised. He said heat or smoke can easily overcome a victim even if the fire does not look too bad.
The fire, which left Bartholomew and the six adult occupants of the other unit homeless, caused about $250,000 in damage to both homes and a vehicle parked between them.
Fire investigators are still looking into what caused the fire, which they say started in the garage/storage area.
On Nov. 4, 2004, another house fire at this address killed 19-year-old Frank M. Krzyska Jr., who lived in another unit. Fire investigators said that blaze started because of an unattended stove.
Bartholomew's neighbors accepted donations for food and clothing, and are staying with relatives, according to American Red Cross volunteers. Bartholomew will stay at a hotel for three days courtesy of the Red Cross.
The hotel does not allow pets, so the Hawaiian Humane Society will house her dog temporarily while she finds a home for both of them -- hopefully soon, she said, as she watched a Humane Society worker load Maka into a cage.
"My house, whatevers," Bartholomew said. "But my baby. ... I hate to see her go."