4 flee burning home

KALAHEO — Four people, including two toddlers, fled a Puu Road home that caught fire Wednesday morning.

Janet Carveiro was already awake when she saw her neighbors across the street rushing toward her.

”They all came here, so I got some chairs out for them and they were sitting watching the fire,” she said. “The flames were going up there on the side of the house.”

The fire started about 9 a.m., according to a release from the Kauai Fire Department. It was under control by 9:30. and was contained to a bedroom and the living area of the single-story home. There were no injuries.

Five people live at the home.

Officials said there was extensive smoke damage throughout the residence and an estimated $60,000 in damages to the structure and its contents.

One of the females in the home, according to a neighbor, was shouting for help during the fire. That’s when another neighbor stepped in to try to help her and her two children.

Carveiro said she noticed the flames start in the back of the home and reach over the roof.

Santiago “Sonny” Fermin said he was getting ready to finish his yardwork when he heard people screaming. Dark, gray smoke clouds were spilling into his home next to the burning house.

He tried to help but was unable to climb over the fence, so he asked his wife to call firefighters.

Firefighters from the Kalaheo station were first on scene and joined by personnel from the Hanapepe and Lihue stations, Rescue 3, and the on-duty battalion chief.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross are assisting the family.

“Good thing nobody got hurt,” Carveiro said. “And with two little kids!”

An investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

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