Fire breaks out behind Waianae High School

Capt. Terry Seelig
Capt. Terry Seelig
Marianne Busher
Marianne Busher

By Roger Mari - bio | email

WAIANAE, Oahu (KHNL) - Eleven fire units were called out to an area between Waianae High School and the Waianae Boat Harbor at around 11:40am, Wednesday.

Fortunately, no one was injured and the high school was spared any structural damage.

The fire burned through about 12 acres of dry brush, trash, and keawe trees.

Just across a buffer zone was the Waianae High School campus. Students in the portable classrooms were safely evacuated.

"I immediately went back to the classroom and informed them that they need to head for the library because our evacuation spot is right next to the fire," said Waianae High School teacher Marianne Busher.

"It was pretty big, we had a lot of flames," she said.

The area wasn't completely empty when the fire broke out.Some campers in the area call the Waianae coast home.

"There are some campers in this area that were evacuated, we had great cooperation and assistance from HPD," said Honolulu Fire Department Captain, Terry Seelig.

Campers weren't the only ones in danger.

"There was some concern about some pets in the area and they were also removed, so the people and the pets were removed safely," said Capt. Seelig.

Tiger Breaux was on his way back from Nanakuli when a friend he was driving with noticed the flames.

"He told me that it looked like it's coming from the boat harbor, I told him don't be saying that man because I got my dogs over there," said camper, Breaux.

When he arrived at the scene, he rushed to the flames to save his pets.

"They told me I was crazy because I could have died in that fire, I wasn't worried about that I worried about my dogs," said Beaux.

In all, about 50 firefighters were able to contain the flames shortly after the fire was reported.

At last check, firefighters were still at the scene to fully extinguish the area. The case is still under investigation.