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Mapunapuna warehouse fire damage estimated at $5.5M

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A massive blaze that destroyed warehouses, a lumber yard and equipment in Mapunapuna was finally extinguished Wednesday afternoon, nearly 20 hours after it started.

Investigators estimated damage from the fire at $5.5 million.

The fire broke out about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at ABC Supply Co., Inc. Two of the three warehouses on the property were destroyed. Also destroyed were three trucks and eight fork lifts; some neighboring businesses also sustained some damage.

ABC Supply general manager Jack Miller said the fire destroyed about half the company's inventory.

"I've worked out of this location for almost my whole career, 28 years, and was sad to see the building going up in flames like that," he said.

He added that the warehouse on the 700 block of Mapunapuna Street will have to be torn down. 

"Unfortunately, these things happen," he said. "This is an industrial area and an officer said this is probably the hottest fire they've seen in 10 years."

Honolulu Fire Capt. David Jenkins said the investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing. 

He said the size of the blaze -- and the property -- makes the investigation challenging.

"There is structural integrity that has been compromised so our firefighters will not be able to get into that structure to do the overhaul," he said.

The fire department is also following up with a code inspector to see if the business was in full compliance with all safety regulations.

Miller said he doesn't suspect the blaze was intentionally set.

"The fire started in the back warehouse in our flammable area, which we keep segregated from the majority of our inventory," he said. "But the fire just took off and the wind was blowing and just got everything going and hit our main building and got it going and it was up in flames."

Miller said a lot of the shingles and lumber are still salvageable. He expected the business to be up and running again in two weeks.

In the meantime, he said, they are running deliveries out of a sister store in Kapolei. 

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