WAIMALU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Fire Department has opened an investigation after an early-morning blaze damaged a business at the Waimalu Shopping Center.
According to officials, the fire broke at about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in the back shed of Waimalu Chop Suey located on Kauwa Street. Investigators say the shed was used to store things including waste oil.
The fire then spread into the pantry and kitchen area of the business. HFD crews extinguished the flames just before 1:45 a.m.
"I was sleeping when I heard some crackling outside my window. I sat up on my bed and some sparks, so I thought some kids were playing with fireworks," according to Waimalu resident. "Then I heard my dad rush downstairs and he was getting a hose and stretching it out to the alley, so that's when I went downstairs."
Officials say the business is equipped with a sprinkler system. Water from those sprinklers spread to a nearby business, but did not cause any major damages.
Total damages to the structure and its content are estimated at $60,000.
Waimalu Chop Suey will not be open for business on Tuesday.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.