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A house went up in flames Saturday in a busy part of Honolulu between Auntie Pasto’s and Goodwill on Beretania Street. The fire broke out just after 5:30 p.m.
KHON2 spoke with a man who caught the whole thing on video.
“I was just working in the moment, serving a customer and saw the fire coming out,” said Cheng Fan Wang from Dew Drop Inn.
Wang grabbed his phone and started shooting this video of the fire.
“And I saw the electricity exploding and the burnout of the roof and after that the fire is quickly running around the roof and then fire quickly burn out one side of the house,”I kind of worried about the customers, dangerous, so I told them to stay inside.”
Meanwhile customers from Auntie Pasto’s were told just the opposite. The customers and employees were evacuated.
“So I walked around the corner and saw this building that I didn’t know anything about was up in flames. The flames were coming out like a big wave, a big wave of fire engulfing it and I heard a boom,” said Christina Leos.
It took firefighters about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.
“You’re dealing with a house that looks like it was built from the 1930s, 1940s. Very quick at burning. The house is abandoned. Right now we don’t have any occupants in the house or at the time, but we do have reports of the homeless visiting the house from time to time,” said HFD Captain Robert Main.
Luckily the fire didn’t spread to the neighbors. But Auntie Pasto’s still decided to close for the rest of the night and Beretania Street was closed from Pensacola to Victoria.
“I’m sure a lot of people are very angry with us as far as shutting down Beretania Street since it’s one of the main thoroughfares. But it’s necessary for us to be able to get in, get our job done and try to get out of here,” said Capt. Main.
All lanes of Beretania Street were reopened about an hour ago.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.