The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m. for a building fire at 3030 Monsarrat Avenue in Kapahulu. Eleven units, staffed with 43 personnel, responded to the fire. The first unit arrived at the scene at 11:59 a.m. to find heavy black smoke and flames emanating from the second floor of a two-story residential home.
Fire fighters quickly secured a water supply, ran hose lines to offensively attack the blaze while other fire fighters conducted a primary search for the five adults who reside in the house. Three adults were home at the time. All five occupants and two dogs were later located outside of the house. There were no reported injuries. The American Red Cross was notified to provide assistance.
The fire was under control at 12:10 p.m. and extinguished at 12:31p.m. HFD personnel observed that smoke alarms in the house were activated.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the Fire Investigator has determined that the fire originated in the upstairs bedroom. The estimated fire damage is $370,000 to the property and $20,000 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.