Cause of Nuuanu garage fire ‘undetermined’ by fire investigators

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Fire officials say they cannot pinpoint the cause of a two-alarm fire that sparked in Nuuanu Tuesday afternoon.

At 3:34 p.m., the Honolulu Fire Department responded to the fire located at 1650 Olona Lane. The first unit arrived to find a two-story single family dwelling with heavy smoke and flames emanating from the garage.

The fire was brought under control by 3:55 p.m. and fully extinguished by 4:10 p.m.

Five of the seven occupants were home at the time of the fire and were able to evacuate without injury.

The damage was isolated to the garage, so the family that lives in the house was not displaced, officials said.

Damage was estimated to be $80,000 to the structure, $10,000 to its contents, and an additional $2,000 to a nearby vehicle.

An investigation determined that the fire started near the rear of the garage that was utilized for work and storage.

But its cause has been classified as undetermined. That means that the fire investigator analyzed all possible causes of the fire, but there is insufficient information to identify any one specific cause. In addition, there is insufficient information to substantially eliminate some or all of the other possible causes.

The case is now closed, and can be reopened if there were introduction or discovery of new information about the fire.

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