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Fire breaks out at Ward high-rise building under construction

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Firefighters responded on Wednesday morning to a two-alarm building fire in the Ward area.

According to Honolulu Fire Capt. David Jenkins, approximately 35 firefighters responded at around 5 a.m. and arrived on scene to Waiea -- a high-rise building under construction -- with flames emanating from the rooftop. 

Because certain systems are incomplete, including the elevator and standpipe system, firefighters had trouble getting supplies up, Jenkins said. However, crews managed to make it up to the rooftop and extinguished the flames before 6 a.m.

Honolulu police issued an alert saying drivers should avoid Auahi Street, between Ward Avenue and Kamakee Street, as well as Kamakee Street, between Queen Street and Ala Moana Boulevard. 

Fire investigators said Thursday construction crews were using a cutting torch to cut a concrete frame Tuesday night when sparks then ignited on the 21st floor of the complex.

Damage is estimated at $5,000.

No injuries were reported.

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