On September 11, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 9:00 a.m. for a building fire at 1714 Kapiolani Boulevard in Honolulu. Eleven units, staffed with 43 personnel, responded to the emergency call. The first fire fighters arrived at the scene at 9:04 a.m. to find a single-story, strip mall with light smoke emanating from the rear roofline of the structure. Because of the type of occupancy and initial size-up report, a second alarm was dispatched to the scene at 9:07 a.m.
HFD personnel established command, secured a water supply, and prepared for an offensive fire attack while searching for the source of the smoke. Fire fighters assigned to check the roof used aerial and ground ladders to access the area and then used thermal-imaging cameras. No heat signatures from the roof-mounted mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment and interior ceiling space revealed any elevated temperatures. Upon making entry, the fire fighters assigned to investigate the interior of the structure reported no signs of smoke, fire, or heat signature readings from their thermal imaging cameras. After searching further, the source of the smoke and smoldering fire was found to be coming from the parapet area and electronic sign board for one of the businesses. The fire was under control and fully extinguished at 9:27 a.m. while the sign and roofing materials were removed to search for and extinguish any hidden fire and hot spots.
All second-alarm units were released from the incident at 9:16 a.m. All HFD personnel were accounted for with no reports of injuries.
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.