Firefighters Keep Brush Fire From Hawaii Home

June 23, 2008
Honolulu Fire Department crews fought back a brush fire that closed to within 20 feet of a Waialua home on Sunday.

WAIALUA, Hawaii --

Honolulu Fire Department crews fought back a brush fire that came within 20 feet of the house on Sunday.

The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. just off Farrington Highway near Waialua Ranch.

Firefighters fought the brush fire from all sides. From above, crews hosed down trees.

"It came up within five minutes and 20 feet from our house, and I was freaking out when I was calling 911," Waialua Ranch resident Ja-Kee Eguires said.

Newlyweds Ja-Kee and James Eguires live at the ranch. Ja-Kee Eguires said she looked out her window and saw flames coming straight toward her home.

"I looked out my bedroom window and I saw the flames coming up over the top of the bushes this way and I was like, 'Oh Lord, please save my home,'" she said.

Her husband grabbed a garden hose and started spraying down their home.

"When the adrenaline is going you just do what you need to do and instead of panicking, you just got to keep going until the cavalry is coming," James Eguires said.

The fire department contained the fire within 30 minutes, but spent hours putting out hotspots.

"Once they got to the scene they pretty much protected the house and we only had one problem. We have a power line that was down so we had to watch out, be careful around that," Capt. Paul Stankiewicz said.

It appears an old tree that fell onto a live power line caused the fire, HFD officials said.

Hawaiian Electric Co. crews cut power to the area while they repaired the lines.

The fire charred roughly 2 acres of vegetation, but HFD teams spared the home.

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