Honolulu firefighters battled brush fire in Haleiwa

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Thick smoke and black ash filled the skies over Haleiwa as a brush fire burned in the area.

The fire started at about 3 p.m. near Kaika Place.

It burned about 10 acres and threatened as many as eight homes.

No homes were damaged thanks to firefighters and residents who jumped in to help.

“Looks pretty close to us, but it’s hard to tell. It’s over the roof tops and we can see heavy smoke blowing our way. We’ve evacuated all the kids into the classrooms on the other side of the school,” First Baptist Preschool of Haleiwa Director Toni Respicio said. “The smoke is heavy, it comes and goes. The wind will blow it and then come back again. We can smell it and there’s black ash dropping onto our grass and cement over here.”

The fire was deemed under control by about 7:15 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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