The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 9:34 a.m. for a building fire at 57 Kilea Place in Wahiawa. Twelve resource units, staffed with 34 personnel, responded to the fire. The first firefighters arrived at the scene at 9:40 a.m. to find signs of light smoke emanating from the living room of a one-story, residential home. The sole adult female occupant exited the house without injury as the adult male of the household arrived home to see the fire. The firefighting tactics included securing a water supply, initiating an offensive fire attack, and performing a primary search of the interior for other occupants. The fire was contained to the room of origin and its contents and was under control at 9:49 a.m. Overhaul tactics to search for hidden fire and smoldering areas to prevent rekindling were completed shortly thereafter.
The two adults who reside there, one male and one female, are being assisted by the American Red Cross who was notified to provide support for the displaced occupants.
The HFD’s Fire Investigator was called to the scene to initiate an investigation to determine the cause of the fire. The estimated fire damage costs to the house and contents is $70,000.
Fire Safety Tips
• Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home.
• Home fire sprinklers protect lives by keeping fires small. Sprinklers can reduce the heat, flames, and smoke produced in a fire, allowing people more time to escape.
• A home fire sprinkler can control or put out a fire with a fraction of the water that would be used by fire department hoses.
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