The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 5:15 p.m. on July 19, 2021 for a
building fire at 1212 Kinau Street in Honolulu.
Eleven HFD units, staffed with about 43 personnel, responded to the two-alarm fire,
which was reported to be in the underground garage of a 21-story apartment building.
The first unit arrived at the scene at 5:21 p.m. to find smoke and flames emanating from
the garage area.
It was reported that two residents were wheelchair-dependent on the 16th floor and
needed assistance for evacuation. While an evacuation of those residents was initiated,
it was cancelled because the fire became under control.
The first arriving units found a single vehicle on fire which was contained to the engine
compartment area. They established a water supply and initiated fire control. The fire
was under control and extinguished by 5:24 p.m. The estimated fire damage is $5,000 to the vehicle.
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.
• 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.