People living near Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano have been given fair warning to evacuate by Friday.
They say people who decide to stay are risking their lives.
KRQE News 13 reported recently about a former New Mexican who left his home in the now ravaged Leilani Estates in a panic.
Harry Messenheimer did not take any chances weeks ago when the lava started nearing his home and evacuated.
He didn’t think his house would be destroyed, but that changed this week.
“It’s like I had seen it before, it’s just at my house. I could recognize the palms out front I could see the mailbox going,” Messenheimer explained.
Dramatic video shows a fiery inferno at Messenheimer’s home in Leilani Estates, the center of the eruptions.
He called it an amazing sight, although also very sad.
He lived in his home in paradise for 11 years after leaving Albuquerque’s East Mountains.
“The hard part is losing what we had…. we’re living our dream we’re in retirement everything was going great and all of the sudden this happened,” Messenheimer said.
Through this tough time, Messenheimer says his neighbors have rallied together, helping one another.
He says the resilience of those who have lost everything is incredible.
Messenheimer and his wife will move into a condo this fall.
Meanwhile, Friday officials in Hawaii are saying crews will not enter mandatory evacuation areas to search for those who didn’t leave.