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Apartment fire displaces husband and wife

Firefighters at an apartment building fire on Atkinson Drive. (Source: Ashley Moser) Firefighters at an apartment building fire on Atkinson Drive. (Source: Ashley Moser)
Wadi Malson Wadi Malson
Capt. Terry Seelig Capt. Terry Seelig

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu firefighters worked through a cluttered apartment Thursday to extinguish a blaze at 1926 Kahakai Drive.

No one was injured but the American Red Cross assisted several people who live in the older two-story building, including the husband and wife whose apartment went up in flames.

The fire department received the 911 call at 12:51 p.m. and had the fire under control in about forty minutes.

The next door neighbor was sleeping but was jolted awake by the smell of smoke.

"I checked my kitchen. There was nothing. I checked the bathroom, the bedroom, there was nothing. And then the smell was getting stronger. When I opened the door that's when it overwhelmed me," Wadi Malson said.

"The fire itself, because of the pile of accumulated property that's in there, it's very difficult to extinguish it fully. And it holds the heat in and radiates it out," Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig said.

Firefighters entered other apartments in the building to put out smaller fires triggered by the bigger blaze.

They rescued a cat from one of the upstairs units.

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