The cause of a massive warehouse fire near Sand Island is still under investigation.
Firefighters were back Sunday afternoon to put out hot spots that were still burning more than a day later.
Investigators are still looking into how the fire was started. One of the affected businesses, Erik Builders, had at least 30 workers affected by the fire. The facility housed all of the company’s construction supplies.
Honolulu firefighters responded to a major four-alarm warehouse fire a little after midnight Saturday that took more than two hours to get under control.
The fire was contained at around 2:30 a.m. after 24 fire companies and 70 firefighters spent hours battling the blaze that engulfed the warehouse near Sand Island Access Road on Pahounui Drive.
Three water tankers were brought in to supply the needed water because there was limited fire hydrant access in the area and secured gates surrounding the property.
The two businesses that were affected by the fire were Erik Builders and the Niu Nursery. The warehouse, belonging to Erik Builders, is considered a total loss.
Parts of the warehouse were still on fire almost 10 hours after the fire began.
Erik Builders employees watched as fire crews finished their work on what was once a warehouse for their company’s construction supplies.
Meanwhile, the two other businesses closest to the inferno were just thankful that firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading.
None of the restored, priceless racing canoes cared for by the non-profit Friends of Hokulea and Hawaiiloa were lost.
Spokesman Tay Perry said some of the canoes are well over a century old. “Thank God it didn’t burn our canoes. We can clean up the mess and work around the delays, but these canoes are not really replaceable.”
No one was in the warehouse at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
The origin of the fire is under investigation. The damage estimate is $2.2 million — $500,000 to the building and $1.7 million to the contents and exposures.