6 displaced following Waikiki building fire

Photo courtesy: @TysonKaneshiro
Photo courtesy: @TysonKaneshiro

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Six people were displaced after a fire damaged a Waikiki building Wednesday morning.

The fire broke at around 10:45 a.m. in a two-story house consisting of three units on Launiu Street.

"We heard crackling, glass breaking and some creaking and obviously it was going so quickly we couldn't believe it," neighbor Ron Koranda said. "It took only minutes and it took off in flames."

Koranda says HFD responded quickly to the scene and was able to put out the flames.

"We got out there after five minutes when we heard people yelling and within 10 minutes the firemen were on the scene putting out the fire," Koranda said. "They were amazing, even when the fire station is in Kapahulu they came and extinguished it fast."

According to HFD Capt. Terry Seelig, the fire is believed to have started in a unit on the bottom floor.

No injuries were reported, and a cat who lives with a couple in the second-story unit also survived.

Officials say the building may have been built in the 1950s.

"There is substantial damage to this structure, it being old and the amount of damage, this might very well be a total loss, but we haven't assessed that totally," Seelig said.

A house directly in front of the two-story house suffered minor heat damage.

The cause of the fire and cost of damages is unknown at this time.

The American Red Cross is assisting residents affected by the fire.

Launiu Street from Kuhio Avenue to Ala Wai Boulevard was closed while crews worked to put out the flames, but was later reopened.

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