HFD investigates cause of fire that set 2-story Punchbowl apartment ablaze

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Fire crews worked overnight to put out a fire that had set a two-story apartment in Punchbowl ablaze Monday night.

The Honolulu Fire Department received a 9-1-1 call for a fire along Captain Cook Avenue at around 11:54 p.m. Six HFD units, staffed with about 22 personnel, responded to the scene. The first unit arrived to find smoke coming from the second floor of the building.

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According to HFD, firefighters found their progress to extinguish the fire was slowed due to “hoarder conditions.” By 12:39 a.m. the fire was fully extinguished.

No injuries were reported, however American Red Cross Hawaii confirms a family was impacted by the fire. Volunteers were called to assist with shelter, food and clothing needs.

Damage to the structure is estimated to be $140,000 with an additional $8,000 to contents found inside. There were no smoke detectors found in the apartment at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time. An investigation is underway.

The fire department encourages residents to follow these 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.
  • A home fire sprinkler can control or put out a fire with a fraction of the water that would be used by fire department hoses.

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