The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:36 a.m. for a building fire at 85-403 Pulapula Place in Waianae. Thirteen units, staffed with 42 personnel, responded to the fire. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 11:42 a.m. to find smoke and flames emanating from a single-story three bedroom, two bath residential home.
The blaze was fully involved, which generated a second alarm. Because flames were shooting out of every part of the structure and the back of the house collapsed, fire fighters began extinguishing the fire in a defensive mode after they secured a water supply. They utilized hand lines and a deck gun to battle the fire.
Meanwhile, the incident commander executed a primary and secondary search to confirm that no one was inside the house. Later, the HFD questioned a woman in her 30s who, she and neighbors, confirmed that she was the sole occupant of the house. The occupant said she exited her house then warned her neighbors. There were no injuries.
The fire destroyed the house, but the HFD prevented the fire from spreading to two adjacent properties. However, there was exposure damage to one of the neighboring properties. It could not be determined if smoke alarms were in the house, but there was no sprinkler system.
The fire was under control at 12:03 p.m. and extinguished at 12:53 p.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The estimated fire damage is $527,000 to the property and $30,000 to the contents.
Fire Safety Tips
• Working smoke alarms save lives. 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.
• Always have an evacuation plan to get out of the house and a designated meeting place outside to ensure everyone is safe.