The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) Fire Investigators have completed their initial investigation to a fire that occurred this morning in Ewa. Further investigation has determined that nine people were in the house when the fire started. All nine evacuated safely. Neighbors saw smoke and alerted the occupants to the fire. The home did have working smoke detectors and they activated as the occupants were already evacuating.

The fire originated in the garage of the home, but the cause of the fire remains undetermined. HFD estimates damages to be $64,000 to the structure and $6,000 to the contents. The quick action of the neighbors and the family’s use of smoke detectors exemplify the HFD’s message for fire safety in the home.

HFD has the following 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.
• Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of each level of the home. Show all doors and windows. Go to each room and point to the two ways out. Practice the plan with everyone in your household, including visitors.