The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:54 p.m. on August 2, 2021 for a building fire at 510 Captain Cook Avenue in the Punchbowl area. Six HFD units, staffed with about 22 personnel, responded. The first unit arrived at the scene at 11:59 p.m. to find smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story apartment building.
Initial crews made a quick and coordinated attack. Their progress was slowed by “hoarder conditions” but they still brought the fire under control by 12:09 a.m. Hoarder conditions are when there is an excessive accumulation of items stored in a dwelling. In the event of a fire, these conditions can make it difficult to enter or exit a structure and can be dangerous for occupants and fire fighters.
There were no occupants in the unit at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The fire was fully extinguished at 12:39 a.m. Fire investigators have been called to the scene. The cause of the fire and damage estimates are still under investigation. Two adults, displaced by this fire, are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
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.
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