Fire under H-1 Freeway triggers temporary off-ramp closure in Moiliili

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A fire beneath the H-1 Freeway forced a brief off-ramp closure in Moiliili Thursday morning.

The Honolulu Fire Department was notified shortly after 6 a.m. of a fire near the intersection of Waiaka Road and Kuilei Street, near Moiliili Japanese Cemetery.

The westbound freeway off-ramp to Kapiolani Boulevard was closed temporarily as crews extinguished the blaze.

Officials say the fire involved trash from a homeless encampment. It was brought under control by 6:20 a.m.

No one was hurt, but the fire damaged a nearby parked car that belonged to an area resident.

The cause has not been determined.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation said in a statement:

“The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, HDOT, State Department of Public Safety and the Hawaiian Humane Society conducted a coordinated cleanup under the H-1 Freeway at the Kapiolani Boulevard intersection in May 2017. Since then, crews have continued outreach, provided shelter options and offered services to the illegal campers in the area on multiple occasions.

“HDOT inspectors have assessed the area beneath the H-1 Freeway and Kapiolani Boulevard onramp and found no significant damage related to this morning’s fire. All roadways and ramps are open and accessible.”

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