The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:19 p.m. for a building fire at 47-186 Iuiu Street in Kaneohe. Nine units, staffed with 34 personnel, responded to this two-alarm fire. The first unit arrived at the scene at 1:28 p.m. to find a fully involved fire at a single-family dwelling with black smoke and flames emanating from all sides. HFD personnel established command, secured a water supply and initiated a fire attack. Shortly thereafter, the roof collapsed and fire fighters heard popping sounds coming from inside the burning house.
At that time, the Honolulu Police Department alerted the HFD that the house belongs to a retired police officer and that ammunition may be stored inside the structure. Fire fighters began attacking the blaze defensively, utilizing a turret and large hose lines to extinguish the flames. The fire was under control by 1:47 p.m. and fully extinguished at 2:30 p.m.
No one was home at the time of the fire but working smoke alarms were heard by neighbors and fire fighters. There were no injuries. The HFD notified the American Red Cross to assist the three adults and a dog, who reside at the house. HFD’s Fire Investigator was called to the scene to initiate an investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
Fire Safety Tips
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