Six Paukukalo residents are left homeless by fire

A half dozen Paukukalo residents were left homeless Friday night after fire damaged their two-story home, a Maui Fire Department official said.

Wailuku and Kahului firefighters responded to the 8:46 p.m. alarm at 590 Kailana St., with the Wailuku crew arriving in nine minutes and Kahului firefighters a short time after. They found 25 percent of the residence in flames on the second floor, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Kris Sakamoto.

The fire was extinguished at 9:29 p.m.

The homeowner told fire officials that one man was in the home sleeping when the fire started. His wife was able to awake him, and they escaped uninjured, Sakamoto said.

Six adults lived at the residence, he said. Only one was home when the fire started.

The residents were displaced. They declined assistance from the American Red Cross, deciding instead to stay with relatives, Sakamoto said.

The Red Cross reported that one of its volunteers is a neighbor of the fire victims and “was on the scene and able to provide immediate comfort and encouragement to the family.”

On Saturday, volunteers followed up “to ensure the immediate emergency needs of anyone affected, such as shelter, food and clothing, were met,” according to an announcement. “Caseworkers will continue to follow up with the family . . . and to provide referrals to assist with their disaster recovery.”

The estimated cost of damage to the home and its contents was not immediately available.

The fire’s cause remained under investigation.