The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 5:05 p.m. for a building fire at 461 Kawailoa Road in Kailua. Ten resource units, staffed with approximately 35 personnel, responded to the fire. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 5:11 p.m. to find heavy flames and smoke emanating from the side of a two-story, residential home. Seven people, including five adults and two minors were able to escape the house without injuries. Fire-fighting tactics included securing a water supply, initiating an aggressive fire attack, and performing a primary search of the interior for any other occupants. The fire was brought under control at 5:59 p.m. and extinguished at 8:15 p.m. Overhaul tactics to search for hidden fire and smoldering areas to prevent rekindling were completed shortly thereafter.

The seven occupants who resided there are being assisted by the American Red Cross who was notified to provide support for them.

The HFD’s Fire Investigator was called to the scene to initiate an investigation to determine the origin and cause of the fire. There are no damage estimates at this time.

Fire Safety Tips
 Working smoke alarms save lives, reducing 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 escape.
 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.

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

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