Kalihi building, vehicles scorched by two-alarm fire

Mary Street

The Honolulu Fire Department extinguished a two-alarm building fire in Kalihi Friday.

The initial call came in at 3:15 p.m. from 125 Mokauea Street. A second alarm was called shortly after.

Nine fire companies with 35 personnel responded.

Firefighters arrived to find three parked vehicles fully engulfed in fire with flames spreading to a nearby building.

“We saw the power line fall and we saw it sparking and then all of a sudden the cars were on fire,” said witness Chase Imai.

Crews brought the vehicle fires under control at 3:33 p.m. and the fire was fully extinguished by 3:44 p.m.

Fire officials say overhaul operations were suspended due to the downed power line.

Power was shut off to the area and HFD confirmed fires to the vehicles and the building were extinguished.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

The fire remains under investigation. Its cause and damage estimates are not available at this time, officials said.

Issues with the power line affected 540 customers in Kalihi Kai, according to Hawaiian Electric.

Power to all but 15 was restored by 7 p.m.

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