HONOLULU (KHON2) - On March 14, 2019, at 9:09 a.m., the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) responded with 12 units staffed with 37 personnel to a building fire in Puu Heleakala located at 87-2142 Helelua Place. The first unit arrived at 9:13 a.m. to find a two-story six-unit town house with smoke and flames emanating from the lower rear area of unit 5.
Personnel established command, secured a water source and commenced with firefighting operations. The fire was brought under control at 9:46 a.m. and was extinguished at 9:51 a.m.
It was reported that one adult male, two adult females, and two infants were alerted to the fire by an odor of smoke and were able to escape the home safely.
HECO was notified and arrived on scene to secure power to the building.
Fire Investigators have completed their investigation and have classified the cause of the fire as Undetermined. Fire Investigators reported that due to the extensive amount of damage found a cause for this fire could not be determined. Fire damages are estimated at $270,000 to the unit and $30,000 to its contents. An additional $10,000 each in damages were sustained by two of the neighboring unit #’s 4 and 6. Three additional occupants from unit 6 were also displaced, unit 4 was vacant. No injuries were reported for this incident. Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants.
The residence did have working smoke alarms 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.