The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call on April 28, 2021, at 10:10 a.m. about a townhouse unit on fire at 87-150 Helelua Street in Waianae.
Eleven HFD units, staffed with 36 personnel responded to the two-alarm fire. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 10:21 a.m. to find smoke and flames emanating from the front and rear of the unit’s second floor.
It was a challenging situation because the two-story, four bedroom unit on fire was the middle townhouse with other units on either side. But HFD personnel secured a water supply and battled the fire to ensure that it did not migrate to the adjacent townhouse units, which would have ignited and caused more fire damage.
There were no injuries. An adult male, his adult daughter and two boys were home at the time of the fire but all of them evacuated safely. A total of five adults and two children live in the townhouse unit. The HFD notified the American Red Cross to provide assistance to the family.
The HFD had the fire under control at 10:24 a.m. and extinguished at 10:55 a.m. A fire investigator was called to the scene and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire damage estimate is $130,000 to the property and $5,000 to the contents.
No sprinklers or smoke alarms were observed in the townhouse unit. The HFD reminds the public to make sure to install and maintain smoke alarms in their homes, and also have an evacuation plan.