One dead following auto recycling fire in Kapolei

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UPDATE: Honolulu police have confirmed one of the two men who sustained severe burns in a Thursday fire at an auto recycling business at Campbell Industrial Park has died.

He’s been identified as 28-year-old Robert Bowers of Waianae. Family members call him Chris, and say he also lived in Kahaluu.

The second employee remains in critical condition.

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Fire units are battling a fire on the west side of Oahu in Kapolei on Thursday, October 31.

According to the Honolulu Fire Department, they responded with six units and 19 personnel and arrived at Green Auto Recycling, 91-080 Hanua Street.

It’s a yard that crushes and recycles cars.

(James Lyle Griffis)

The first unit arrived at 3 p.m. and found find multiple vehicles on fire under a metal-roofed structure.

Personnel established command, secured a water source and commenced with firefighting operations to suppress the flames and prevent further fire spread.

It was reported that two adult male employees suffered severe second-degree burns.

Emergency Medical Services said that a 53-year-old man was sent to the hospital in serious condition, while another adult man’s condition is currently critical.

Due to the fire, Hanua Street was closed between Kuhela Street and Olai Street.

The fire was brought under control at 3:46 p.m. and was extinguished at 5:03 p.m.   

The fire is under investigation and the cause has yet to be determined.  Fire damages are not available at this time.

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