The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 2:47 a.m. for a building fire at 84-1162 Lahaina Street in Waianae. 13 resource units, staffed with approximately 41 personnel, responded to the fire. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 2:52 a.m. to find a two-story, abandoned residential structure fully involved on fire. Fire-fighting tactics included securing a water supply, initiating a defensive fire attack. Fire companies surrounded the structure on all sides and fought the fire from the exterior only. Downed power lines made access to the structure difficult, but the fire was quickly brought under control at 3:11 a.m. and extinguished at 3:49 a.m. Overhaul tactics to search for hidden fire and smoldering areas to prevent rekindling were completed shortly thereafter.

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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