HONOLULU (KHON2) — A building in Kalihi went up in flames Thursday night as firefighters worked to contain the blaze that left more than $120,000 worth of damage.
A 9-1-1 call for the fire came in at around 8:53 p.m. Ten HFD units, staffed with approximately 36 personnel, responded to the two-alarm fire.
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Upon arrival, firefighters on scene found a small single family residence fully engulfed. Downed power lines were also identified and HFD adopted defensive operations to combat the rapidly growing inferno.
As a result of those efforts, firefighters managed to bring the fire under control by 9:12 and reported it to be extinguished by 9:19 p.m.
The building itself had no occupants inside at the time. HFD noted that the fire ultimately destroyed the home and that the structure was no longer safe.
The estimated fire damage to the building is believed to be $120,000, with an additional $25,000 to its contents.
HFD is reminding the public:
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. 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.
- Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of each level of the home. Show all
doors and windows. Go to each room and point to the two ways out. Practice the
plan with everyone in your household, including visitors.