BUILDING FIRE DESTROYS WAIMANALO STRUCTURE

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:02 a.m. for a building fire
at 41-664 Kalanianaole Highway in Waimanalo. Six resource units, staffed with 22
personnel, responded to the fire. The first firefighters arrived at the scene at 12:10 a.m.
to find smoke and flames fully-engulfing a structure located behind the single-story,
residential house.

An offensive fire attack was initiated focusing on the structure while protecting
neighboring homes downwind from wind-driven embers. The fire was contained to the
structure and contents and was quickly brought under control at 12:24 a.m. Overhaul
tactics to search for hidden fire and smoldering areas to prevent rekindling were
completed shortly thereafter as the fire was fully extinguished at 1:19 a.m.

During the incident, a 32-year-old male who lives downwind of the fire, was
experiencing smoke-inhalation related symptoms. Initial medical treatment was
administered until patient care was transferred to the Emergency Medical Services unit
at 12:56 a.m.

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.

Always have an evacuation plan to get out of the house and a designated area outside
to meet to ensure everyone is safe.

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

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