Firefighters extinguish 3-alarm building fire on Kapiolani Blvd.


Firefighters were called to a building fire on Kapiolani Boulevard Thursday.

The fire was first reported at around 1:05 p.m. at Iolani Terrace and three alarms were called.

When firefighters got to the four-story walk-up, they found large flames emanating from the parking structure.

“The bulk of the fire was, as you see over here behind me, the stored materials underneath, but you can see also, there were other areas that the fire started spreading to,” said Capt. David Jenkins with the Honolulu Fire Department.

The fire was brought under control by 1:25 p.m. and some companies were released from the scene.

Fire officials say the building was undergoing renovations and only one unit was occupied. The American Red Cross has been dispatched to assist the family affected.

None of the residents we spoke to wanted to be interviewed on camera, however they said they smelled smoke, heard cracking sounds, looked out their windows, and saw massive flames.

One resident who lived in neighboring complex tried to use a fire hose from the walkway to help.

The cause remains under investigation.

Eastbound traffic on Kapiolani Boulevard was temporarily rerouted to Mahiai Place as crews responded.

Traffic was flowing by 3 p.m.

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