On Sunday, September 5, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 3:01 p.m. for a building fire at 3300 Ala Laulani Street in Salt Lake.  This was confirmed to be the St. Philomena Catholic Church.  A total of 9 units, staffed with 34 personnel, responded to the two-alarm blaze.  The first unit arrived at the scene at 3:05 p.m. to find heavy smoke and flames emanating from the preschool building located on the property.  HFD personnel established command, secured a water supply and initiated an aggressive fire attack.  

It was reported that no one was in the building at the time of the fire and HFD personnel confirmed that during their primary search.  HFD personnel reported the fire involved two classrooms and a storage room for the church.  The fire was under control by 3:16 p.m. and fully extinguished at 3:34 p.m. 

The HFD’s Fire Investigator was called to the scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire and fire damage estimates have not yet been determined. 

No injuries were reported for this fire.

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. 
  • Always have an evacuation plan to get out of the building and a designated area outside to meet to ensure everyone is safe.

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