UPDATE: CAUSE OF WAIMANALO HOME FIRE (TWO-ALARM FIRE DESTROYS A WAIMANALO HOME AND DISPLACES SIX)

The Honolulu Fire Department received a 911 call at 1:47 p.m. on June 17, 2021 for a
building fire at 41-756 Ala Koa Street in Waimanalo. Nine HFD units, staffed with about
34 personnel, responded to the two-alarm, fully involved fire. The first unit arrived at the
scene at 1:55 p.m. to find heavy smoke and flames to the rear of the residence. 911
callers were reporting a part of the home, near the gas water heater, was engulfed in
flames.

The two adult occupants were home at the time of the fire, a female in her mid 50’s and
a male in his mid 40’s. They evacuated the home safely and were not injured. The
other 4 occupants were not home at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross was
notified to provide assistance to the displaced occupants. Reportedly there were no
working smoke detectors in the residence at the time of the fire.

HFD personnel continued to attack the fully involved fire which ultimately destroyed the
residence. The structure had partially collapsed during fire fighting efforts.

HFD had the fire under control by 2:08 p.m. and extinguished at 3:18 p.m. A fire
investigator was called to the scene. Because of the structural integrity of the collapsed
exterior patio area, the cause of the fire has been classified as undetermined.


Damage estimates to the home is $408,000.00 and $15,000.00 to the home’s contents.

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.
For more information, visit firesafehonolulu.com