Crews extinguish 3-alarm fire in abandoned Makiki home


The Honolulu Fire Department is investigating what caused a three-alarm house fire in Makiki Thursday morning.

The initial call came in at 4:34 a.m. from a single-story home at 1234 Matlock Avenue. Fifteen fire units staffed with 60 personnel responded.

Crews arrived to find the home fully involved with fire and the roof collapsed shortly after. Officials say the home was abandoned.

Prevailing wind conditions caused flames to spread to a neighboring home and apartment building, officials said.

“We’d been seeing people go in and out and all of a sudden it escalated and smelled like something heavy was burning. I came out and it was on fire. Pretty soon it was jumping next door to Aunty’s house right here and then jumping next door to the other house,” said neighbor Garrett Hill. “It escalated really quickly. By the time the fire department, everybody got here, the house was already kind of collapsing.”

An adult female neighbor was treated on scene for smoke inhalation and was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 5:14 a.m. No one else was hurt.

The fire was brought under control at 5:30 a.m. and fully extinguished by 7:01 a.m.

The cause has yet to be determined.

Fire damages are not available at this time.

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