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Police, firefighters respond to homeless-related fire under bridge off Dillingham Boulevard

A police officer searches the fire area A police officer searches the fire area
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police and firefighters extinguished a fire at a suspected homeless encampment under a bridge off Dillingham Boulevard around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Smoke was seen billowing out from under the bridge where people were believed to be living. Responding officers used their voices and patrol car speakers to urge anyone under the bridge to evacuate, then physically tried to check the area while avoiding dangerous smoke. 

Firefighters sprayed their fire hoses underneath the area to put out the source of the smoke. It's unclear if flames were visible. 

There were no reports of injuries and no one came forward with information on what caused the fire. However, a Hawaii News Now photographer at the scene did overhear two people who appeared homeless arguing nearby about a fire. Police were unable to locate them. 

Honolulu emergency officials appear to respond almost daily now to a variety of homeless-related calls from fires and assaults to requests to move people along and medical assistance calls.

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