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Lava destroys Hawaii home of Belleville native

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Hope Northway is a native of Belleville, IL and one of the residents of the Leilani Estates subidivision on the island of Hawaii whose home was destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption of 2018. Hope Northway is a native of Belleville, IL and one of the residents of the Leilani Estates subidivision on the island of Hawaii whose home was destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption of 2018.
This is the home of Belleville, IL native Hope Northway. The house was destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption of 2018 and is believed to buried by 40 feet of lava. This is the home of Belleville, IL native Hope Northway. The house was destroyed by lava from the Kilauea volcano eruption of 2018 and is believed to buried by 40 feet of lava.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The lava flow from the recent eruption of the Kilauea volcano has destroyed 27 homes, one of them was owned by Belleville native, Hope Northway.

"The house was up on a hill and it filled up our yard and the last thing I saw, it looked like it was about 40 feet tall," said Northway.

Northway graduated from Belleville East High School in 1969 and moved to Hawaii in 1979. She was living in her dream home, valued at $350,000, in the Leilani Estates subdivision on the eastern side of the island of Hawaii.

Northway said she was at home when the volcano erupted.

"I heard sirens and helicopters and I was wondering what was going on. I walked out onto my deck and I heard this sound, it sounded like whoosh, whoosh," said Northway.

Northway said there hadn't been an eruption that spread lava in the area where she lives, in 300 years. She said volcano insurance is available for residents of Hawaii but it's extremely expensive. 

After the eruption, a mandatory evacuation was ordered and Northway said she had about two hours to gather things and leave her home. But most of her possessions were left behind, including equipment and supplies for the business she owns and the business her partner owns.

Plus, it's impossible to return to the land she owned and rebuild because it's covered by lava that's 40 feet deep. 

Relatives back in the St. Louis area have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money so Northway can try to recover.

"We're hoping, little by little it can add up and they can recover something of everything they've worked their whole lives for," said Carolyn Miller, a sister.

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