The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 8:53 p.m. on June 24, 2021
for a building fire in Kalihi.

Ten HFD units, staffed with approximately 36 personnel, responded to the two-alarm,
fully involved building fire. The first unit arrived at the scene at 8:59 p.m. to find a small
single family residence fully involved in fire. After the initial actions, HFD personnel
switched to defensive operations because of deteriorating fire conditions.

Downed power lines were identified at the incident during the fire control efforts. The
fire was brought under control by 9:12 p.m. and extinguished at 9:19 p.m.
With no confirmation of the presence or absence of occupants, HFD personnel
executed an interior fire attack with a simultaneous search for occupants. It was later
determined that the building was vacant with no occupants. The fire ultimately
destroyed the home. The structure is no longer safe.

A fire investigator was called to the scene and at the time of this news release, the
cause of the fire is under investigation.

The estimated fire damage to the building is $120,000, and $25,000 to its 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.
• 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
• A home fire sprinkler can control or put out a fire with a fraction of the water that
would be used by fire department hoses.
• 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.

The Honolulu Fire Commission is accepting applications for the Fire Chief position.

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