TWO-ALARM FIRE DESTROYS ABANDONED STRUCTURE IN WAHIAWA

On Sunday, August 22, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 7:15 p.m. reporting visible signs of smoke near the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Kamananui Road in Wahiawa. The initial single-resource dispatch to investigate the signs of smoke was quickly upgraded to a two-alarm emergency requiring 10 resource units, staffed with approximately 35 personnel.  Firefighting tactics included securing a water supply and initiating a defensive fire attack focusing on the two sides of the abandoned warehouse structure that was in an open field.

Since the flames and smoke were self-venting through the roof and the structural integrity of the building was in question, no entry into the interior was allowed.  The fire was brought under control at 7:44 p.m.  Overhaul tactics to search for hidden fire and smoldering areas to prevent rekindling continued to be challenging because of the unpermitted construction and void spaces that were created.  The fire was extinguished at 10:10 p.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, reducing 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.