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One person injured at Makahiki Way building fire

Emergency crews responded to building fire at 914 Makahiki Way. Emergency crews responded to building fire at 914 Makahiki Way.
Resident Charley Moore. Resident Charley Moore.
Fire damage. Fire damage.
Resident Clayton Arnett. Resident Clayton Arnett.

By Dan Cooke - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One man was seriously injured and more than a dozen people are homeless after a fire at their complex.

Flames damaged seven apartments on Makahiki Way in Honolulu.

"Well I was working on my computer and I smelled smoke and I came out and I walked around the building and I saw the whole deck on fire of my apartment manager's unit and I was concerned cause he has a 4 -year-old son and evidently he and his 4-year-old son jumped off the deck, they had blood on them," said resident Clayton Arnett.

"We got out and the manager following and he was bleeding all over carrying his child and he looked totally gone like he was faint," said resident Arthur Chavarria.

Firefighters responded to the 9:22 a.m. Alarm and had the fire under control by 9:49.

Four apartments on the second floor were gutted by the flames.Three apartments on the first floor were left uninhabitable due to water damage.

Fire department investigators will determine the official cause, but at least one resident of an adjacent building owned by the same company is blaming the electrical wiring in the older structure.

"And then I come in and they got a plug in, somebody is plugged in from upstairs to my electrical," Arnett said. The guy from the electrical company, he came out here and he said could you please have an electrician come out here."

Charley Moore identified himself as a manager for the California company that owns the apartments.

"I just got here about 10 or 15 minutes ago. My manager that lives on-site, Aaron, he went to the hospital. One of the tenants was talking about concerns about the electrical in the building, that it wasn't safe," Moore said. "I don't know, hadn't heard that. We've only had the building for about two months. I'm sure we'll find out. Let's hope that's not what it was."

"It was a good fire stop because these homes are really close together," fire department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said. "When we got here the entire top floor was involved in fire, so that's going to make it a little bit more difficult for us to tell exactly where it started but our investigators are good and they'll be looking at it as to where it started and how."

The Red Cross is assisting those left homeless.

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