HONOLULU (KHON2) — As the 4th of July celebrations began, bright flames were lighting up the night sky on the westside of Oahu as firefighters battled a blaze in Maili.
The Honolulu Fire Department received an emergency call at around 7:26 p.m. on Monday, July 4, about a brush fire near Mokila Street.
According to HFD, firefighters arrived on the scene at around 7:30 p.m. to find grass, brush and trees burning in an approximately four-acre area.
Although the wind shifted in the direction of the fire which changed the direction of the fire a few times, the brush fire was 100% contained by 9:24 p.m.
Honolulu firefighters remained at the scene until 3:03 a.m. on Tuesday morning to put out slow-burning hot spots of smoke that contained no flames.
Irene Ramiro was at Roy’s at Koolina for their anniversary dinner.
“We were notified by our alarm cameras that someone was in our back yard,” Ramiro said. “We thought it was some thieves but noticed it was my neighbor watering down the back yard due to the fire. We abruptly left dinner to come home. On our way home we could see the smoke from afar then the flames as we drove down the road. I became very scared and we rushed home. The adrenaline of seeing the amount of smoke and the red flames made me even more scared, ran to the backyard and saw many people in the front moving their vehicles. I was relieved that my neighbor was hosing down the back of my home.”
Ramiro said the fire was about 100 yards away from their back yard.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart and behalf of the homeowners,” said Ramiro. “The HFD fire fighters were there in numbers to put out the fire and to assure that the ambers and hot spots were put out. They returned this morning to double check too. Also thank you for our neighbors for watching out for one another instead of turning the other cheek. This is what we call Aloha.”
Ramiro said the land on the back is very dry and has not been maintained for years. She said this is not the first fire in this area.
“I have to pay a landscaper every so many months to build the fire break because the weeds and grass grow right up to my back wall and gets a lot higher than my wall,” she explained. “I would like to see the owner take responsibility to maintain the large open area.”
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HFD has determined the cause of the fire to be fireworks-related.