Honolulu firefighter seriously hurt while making repairs to blown roof

Honolulu firefighter seriously hurt while making repairs to blown roof
Tanya Fitch
Tanya Fitch

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A firefighter with the Honolulu Fire Department was seriously injured Friday when when a strong gust of wind nearly blew him off a roof he was repairing in Kaneohe.

"We were dispatched to Kanaka Street to address a blown roof here," said Honolulu Fire Capt. Stewart Williams of the Kalihi Kai fire station. "My firefighters along with several other crews from the area were in the process of addressing the roof when unfortunately a firefighter got injured."

A high gust of wind lifted a tarp on the roof, which then threw the firefighter into the air. He was then slammed hard onto the roof.

Fire crews stopped work on the roof to tend to his injuries. A large group of firefighters carried him to a waiting ambulance, which transported him to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition with hip and back injuries.

As portions of Oahu and Kauai remain under a High Wind Warning, reports of road debris, power outages, and blown roofs came in from various areas across Oahu, but many of those incidents were reported in Kaneohe."I found pieces of my roof in the middle of the yard, and then I walked in my house and looked out the window and there were chunks on my mom's roof," said Kaneohe resident Jocelyn Ojiri.

"The gutter is being torn apart off of our roof and a carport," said another Kaneohe resident, Tanya Fitch. "I have a huge banana plant I had to support it with ropes and boards and stuff so it doesn't fall over and get snapped. It's just been bad really bad."

Around 9 p.m. Friday, Hawaiian Electric officials reported that more than 2,000 customers were without power in the Temple Valley, Punaluu, and Kaneohe area. Officials have not confirmed if power has been restored to these areas.

More than 700 customers were also without power in Hauula earlier in the evening, but officials have since restored power to those

of 10 p.m. Friday, the Honolulu Fire Department reported that it had responded to nine reports of blown roofs, three downed trees and two reports of downed power lines because of the wind.

A downed tree blocked traffic on the Likelike Highway going towards Kaneohe around 4 p.m. Friday, but has since been cleared.

HECO officials are asking residents to report any power outages by calling 1-855-304-1212.

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