The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call today at 12:38 a.m. for a building fire at 85-567 Momona Place in Waianae. Eleven resource units, staffed with approximately 36 personnel, responded to the fire. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 12:44 a.m. to find a single-story, residential structure with heavy black smoke and flames coming from all four sides. There were bystander reports that an elderly female resident could still be in the structure.
Fire-fighting tactics included establishment of command, initiating an aggressive fire attack, securing water supply, and shutting down electrical power to the home. Fire crews found a large quantity of propane tanks against the rear of the home and redirected fire fighting efforts to cool those propane tanks. Shortly after the initial knock down of the flames, fire crews entered the structure for interior fire fighting and to search for victims.
An unresponsive occupant was found in the home and extricated to a safe area where Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) protocols were initiated. HFD also treated a neighboring occupant for smoke inhalation. The care of both patients were transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 1:15 a.m.
Downed power lines made access to the structure challenging, but the fire was quickly brought under control at 1:23 a.m. and extinguished at 2:25 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, 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 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.
- 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.
- Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them.
- Teach your children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Make sure they can open windows, remove screens, and unlock doors.