The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:53 a.m. for a rubbish fire at 1141 Bishop Street in Downtown Honolulu. A single resource unit responded and arrived at 2:59 a.m. However, the first-in Fire Captain quickly realized the fire was below grade as he observed smoke emanating from a medium, two-story, commercial building and requested for additional resources. Five more resource units, staffed with 19 additional personnel, responded to the fire to assist the first-in company. After securing a water supply, an offensive fire attack was initiated focusing in the basement area. While the fire attack continued, a primary and secondary search of the interior was performed revealing there were no occupants. The fire was contained to a 20-feet by 10-feet area in the crawlspace above the basement and was brought under control and extinguished at 3:54 a.m. Overhaul tactics to search for hidden fire and smoldering areas to prevent rekindling were completed shortly thereafter.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The estimated fire damage costs to the building and contents is $20,000.
Fire Safety Tips
• Fire alarms are your first line of defense against the potential risks of fires and are perhaps the most critical element of a commercial building fire safety system. When a fire alarm sounds, everyone in the building knows that a potential danger exists and that immediate evacuation is necessary.
• 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.