HFD investigating how blaze broke out from popular Kalihi store

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Fire Department is investigating how a blaze broke out from a popular grocery store and eatery Thursday morning in Kalihi.

More than 35 firefighters arrived at around 5 a.m. to Alicia's Market, located on Mokauea Street and Democrat Street.

One of the individuals who runs the store told Hawaii News Now he saw an orange glow coming from inside at around 4 a.m. He went inside and grabbed a fire extinguisher, but the flames and smoke were too intense, so he called authorities.

It's unclear where the fire came from or how it started, but fire officials say the kitchen and warehouse are heavily damaged, along with some damage to the back of the store, where plate lunches and poke are sold.

Firefighters also evacuated residents on the second floor of the building as a precaution.

There were no injuries reported.

The store will be closed for the rest of the week, officials said.

Alicia's is a longtime family-run business in Kalihi that has become popular islandwide for its plate lunches and poke.

This story will be updated.

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