Fire engulfs Aiea home after TV explodes

News

HONOLULU (KHON2) — A two-alarm residential fire broke out in Aiea on Friday, Aug. 16, around 8 p.m.

It happened on Kaulainahee Place.

According to a Honolulu Fire Dept. official, they responded with nine units and 35 personnel. The house was fully involved in fire when responders arrived.

COURTESY OF KIMBERLY KEKAHUNA

According to HFD, a man in his 70’s was watching television when he reportedly heard crackling noises. The television soon exploded.

The man tried to get to a fire extinguisher but the flames quickly grew to a point of being unmanageable.

Around 9 p.m. the fire was 90 percent contained, according to officials.

The man was the only one reportedly home and was not injured.

According to officials, neighboring homes were not affected by the fire.

The man told the fire department there are five firearms in the home.

Witnesses said there was a popping noise when the fire was going on that may have been the guns going off.

HECO was notified and arrived on scene to secure power to the property. One other occupant was not home at the time of the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the occupants.

The fire was brought under control at 8:41 p.m. and extinguished at 10:25 p.m.

The fire is currently under investigation and a cause has yet to be determined. Fire damages are estimated at $600,000 to the structure and $50,000 to its contents. The residence had working smoke detectors but it did not have fire sprinklers. The HFD will continue to advocate for fire sprinklers in buildings. It is the most effective way to protect your property and safeguard lives from a fire. 

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.