WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - No one was injured in a fire that damaged an apartment at the Discovery Bay Center in Waikiki.
Flames were seen shooting out of the windows of a unit on the eleventh floor at around 7:15 p.m.
"One person was home at the time of the fire," said Honolulu Fire Battalion Chief Geoff Chang. "He heard cracking, popping sounds. He looked out near his balcony, saw the fire. He tried to put it out, but it was too big, so he just exited the room."
Hundreds of residents were already evacuating the 40-story building by the time fire crews arrived.
"Everybody was just running down, just like they had practiced it, so it went pretty safe," said Keith Cobb, who went down the fire escape stairs from the 25th floor. "Nobody was panicking, nobody was stopped or in trouble, just a big flow, a continuous flow, right outside."
Firefighters were able to get into the building quickly and put the blaze out less than 15 minutes after they arrived. Most residents were allowed back into the building an hour after the blaze broke out.
The cause of the fire and a damage estimate are still being determined.