The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 5:08 p.m. for a building fire at 1627 Pohaku Street in Kalihi. Ten resource units, staffed with 39 personnel, responded to the fire. The first responding Fire Captain could see smoke billowing into the air while approaching and initiated a second alarm for additional resources before his arrival. When he arrived at the scene at 5:14 p.m. he observed smoke and flames emanating from a small residential home with utility lines that had fallen across the roadway. The fire-fighting tactics included securing a water supply, initiating an offensive fire attack, and performing a primary search of the interior for occupants. There were no occupants in the house at the time of the fire and neighbors report that it has been vacant for some time. The fire was under control at 5:46 p.m. Overhaul tactics to search for hidden fire and smoldering areas to prevent rekindling were completed shortly thereafter.
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 $214,000.
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.
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