TWO ALARM BUILDING FIRE DESTROYS WAIANAE HOME

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:49 p.m. for a building fire at 87-794 Farrington Highway in Waianae. Twelve resource units, staffed with 37 personnel, responded to the fire. HFD personnel reported flames visible half a mile away from the home. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 11:56 p.m. to find flames engulfing the home.

HFD crews established command, secured water supplies, and initiated a defensive fire attack, focusing on the structure while protecting the neighboring homes. The home had partially collapsed due to extensive fire damage. Fire fighters did not perform any interior work due to the unstable nature of the structure. The neighboring homes sustained minimal damage from the intense heat of the fire because of the protective measures taken by the fire crews. The fire was brought under control at 12:47 a.m.

A neighboring occupant was reportedly experiencing smoke-inhalation related symptoms and was assessed by Emergency Medical Services at 12:59 a.m. Exterior overhaul tactics for hidden fire and smoldering areas to prevent rekindling were completed shortly after the fire was brought under control. The fire was fully extinguished at 1:14 a.m.

It was not known how many people were displaced by the fire as the home appeared to be abandoned. 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.