Firefighters battle two-alarm house fire in Lanikai

Photo: Liz Rizzo

Firefighters are on the scene of a two-alarm house fire in Lanikai.

The fire broke out at 4:57 p.m. at a home on Kaelepulu Drive near Lanikai loop.

Nine fire companies staffed with 34 personnel responded.

The first unit arrived at 5:06 p.m. to find a two-story single family dwelling approximately 50 percent engulfed in flames. Personnel established command and initiated an interior fire attack utilizing foam and water to suppress the fire and protect the exposed neighboring structures.

Crews then searched the entire home to confirm no one was inside.

Because of compromised structural integrity personnel will continue firefighting operations from outside of the building and anticipate an extended operation due to difficult access and a heavy fuel load.

“The structural integrity has been compromised. We don’t want firefighters being injured if a possible building collapse while firefighters are in there trying to put out the fire,” said Honolulu Fire Department Captain David Jenkins.

Aalapapa Drive was closed from Kaelepulu Drive into Lanikai. Roads were reopened

The home is considered to be a total loss. Fire damage has been estimated at $200,000 for the structure, $10,000 for its content, and $5,000 to a neighboring home.

No injuries have been reported.

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