UPDATE: Fire investigators have classified the cause of a fire that broke out in a Wahiawa home on Thursday as undetermined.
Fire investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire that destroyed a home in Wahiawa Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to a duplex on Walker Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. and found smoke and flames coming out the second story.
“At this time, the duplex, the second-story unit which burned is uninhabitable. The first story unit is also uninhabitable, because of smoke and water damage and some fire damage,” said Battalion Chief David Morgan.
It was reported that both occupants were not home in the upstairs unit where the fire originated.
Four of the six ground level occupants escaped safely after being alerted to the fire by a neighbor.
The fire was brought under control at 3:01 p.m. and fully extinguished at 4:12 p.m.
The American Red Cross is helping the people that lived in the home.
HECO was notified and arrived on scene to secure power to the structure.
Fire Investigators have completed their investigation and have classified the cause of the fire as Undetermined. Fire Investigators reported that due to the lack of specific evidence found in the area of origin the exact location and manner in which the fire began could not be determined.
The undetermined classification of a fire means that the Fire Investigator analyzed all possible causes of the fire but there is insufficient information to identify any one specific cause. In addition, there is insufficient information to substantially eliminate some or all of the other possible causes. The case is now closed, and can be reopened if there were introduction or discovery of new information about the fire.
Fire damages are estimated at $633,000 to the structure and $30,000 to its contents.
No injuries were reported.
One neighboring structure sustained heat damage as a result of this fire. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants