Building fire near Ala Wai condo extinguished

Building fire near Ala Wai condo extinguished
Dave Mozkowitz
Dave Mozkowitz

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A fire in a 5th floor unit of the Regency Ala Wai condominium building sent plumes of black smoke billowing into the air around 8:30am Thursday morning.

Resident Clint Burke was watering plants on his third floor lanai at that time.

"I looked up and that's when I saw flames and smoke" he recounted.

"The police were screaming for someone to let them in and I ran down to the front door and let them in. He went over and hit the alarm" said Burke.

The Honolulu Fire Department was on scene by 8:35, and had the fire put out just after 9am.

No one was injured, and everyone inside the building made it out safely.

The unit where the fire started was unoccupied at the time.

"We were able to confine the fire to the unit of origin, it did not do any damage to adjacent units" said Captain Terry Seelig.

Adding to the challenge of the job was the fact that the nearest fire hydrant wasn't operating.

"We directed companies to the Ala Wai hydrant, so we were able to overcome that water supply obstacle without any impact on the fire" said the Captain.

The building is old enough that it doesn't have a sprinkler system, and according to its manager, it does not have smoke detecting sensors, just the manual alarm levers.

"As soon as you know there's a fire if you haven't heard the alarm system---you should pull it just to activate the general alarm and let everyone in the building know" noted Seelig.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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