A restaurant fire that closed a portion of busy Kapiolani Boulevard early Thursday morning did not cause extensive damage thanks to water sprinklers.
The blaze broke out at about 2:50 a.m. at the Gyu-Kaku Japanese barbecue restaurant.
It caused police to completely shut down the street for about half an hour between Piikoi and Pensacola Streets.
Five fire companies staffed with 18 personnel responded to the incident.
Upon investigation, it was determined that the fire originated from a pot on the kitchen stovetop. It was also determined that two fire sprinkler heads were activated prior to the arrival of the HFD and prevented extensive damage to the building by inhibiting the fire’s spread.
The fire was extinguished by 3 a.m.
The restaurant was closed and no one was in the building at the time of the fire.
The fire remains under investigation and the fire’s cause and damage estimate has yet to be determined. No injuries were reported for this incident.
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