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Huge fire at Hawaiian Waste warehouse

Capt. Terry Seelig Capt. Terry Seelig
Clayton Takamoto Clayton Takamoto

By Ramsay Wharton – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Plumes of smoke and red flames reached out from the roof of the warehouse of Hawaiian Waste Systems in Campbell Industrial Park around 1:30 Thursday morning.

About 40 firefighters waged a two-and-a-half hour battle against the flames of burning trash. Crews wore heavy respiratory gear to help fight the fire faster.

Firefighters pulled out the heavy duty stuff. It may look like fluffy snow and soap bubbles but this stuff stands up to fire.

"This is a waste stream of trash that has everything we use in our lives so that would include plastics and probably a variety of substances that have chemicals in them that are partially burned and are now in this smoke," said fire department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig.

To keep flare ups from continuing this afternoon, heavy equipment was used to pull apart the giant smoldering trash heaps so firefighters could give the inside a good soak.

Earlier, company officials arrived at the scene to access the damage as a structural engineer and city workers came by to access the building's safety.

And so did some concerned workers who handle the wastewater treatment facility for the Coca-Cola company right behind the warehouse.

"That area is within what we considered to be the fall zone, if the building were to collapse," said Seelig. "So we don't want to have a risky situation continue unnecessarily."

The fire worried other neighbors as well.

"You could see the flames.You get very very worried," said Clayton Takamoto, owner of Pacific Custom Boats. "Cause all we have to lose, is lose that an lose everything."

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported from the fire.

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