Big Island authorities find man's body after house fire

By: Associated Press
November 5, 2017

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) -- Authorities say a man's body was found inside the scorched remains of a house on the Big Island on Friday.

West Hawaii Today reports that Ryan Gerwig and Sean Hilla saw flames on the house in Kailua-Kona, and the brothers sprang into action.

Gerwig is a firefighter in Boca Raton, Florida, and he kicked in the front door to see if anyone was trapped on the first floor.

Hilla says he picked up a water hose and stated soaking the neighboring house. The brothers then attempted to access the back of the house and were met with a wall of heat.

Gerwig says they were unable to enter the lower section without putting their own lives in jeopardy.

Police have not identified the man, and the cause is under investigation.