Last Wednesday the 17th of October, a mother and baby were killed in a house fire and the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) says there is a lot to investigate from the circumstance behind the fire.
Thirty-nine firefighters across ten separate units responded to the two-alarm blaze. Video taken from the scene shows the home completely engulfed in flames with thick black smoke being seen from miles away. The fire didn’t burn for very long, roughly 10 minutes, firefighters say, but it was powerful enough to claim the lives of the two victims, and one of the two family dogs.
Fire cause investigation was started immediately with the police, however, the tragedy of losing a mother and child is making it hard for investigators. “As far as we are concerned, we are trying to comfort the families and take care of the investigating officers too, because it looks like it’s going to be a long, drawn-out investigation,” said Malcolm Lutu, the president of Hawaii’s police union.
The father was not home at the time if the fire.
In results released Sunday, fire investigators say the fire was caused by leaking propane vapour that was ignited by an electric water heater.
Fire officials say they found three propane tanks inside the garage of the Kahala home where the fire broke out Wednesday morning.
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