Alakawa Street reopens after manhole erupts in flames, smoke

Police have reopened Alakawa Street in Iwilei Thursday morning following an investigation into an underground manhole fire.

Calls came in for the fire just before 4 a.m. Police closed off a portion of the street near the Costco store.

Witnesses heard an explosion and then saw flames and black smoke coming from the manhole located near the intersection of Alakawa Street and Nimitz Highway.

Multiple power outages were reported in the area, but Hawaiian Electric via twitter confirms all customers have been restored.

No word on the cause of the fire, but firefighters, police, gas and electric company crews all responded.

Wake Up 2day reported of a gas leak in the same area on Wednesday morning resulting in a similar closure on Alakawa Street.

Stay with for updates.

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