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Crews battle fire at church school two separate times

Miguel Asuncion Miguel Asuncion

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A fire at one of Honolulu's oldest and best known churches has firefighters out two separate times Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 4 a.m., firefighters begin dousing flames at Central Union Church's Preschool on Beretania street.

"The church custodial got in here and called the fire department right away," Church Administrator Miguel Asuncion.

It was a two-alarm fire and it broke out in the Ewa Mauka corner of the building and also spread to nearby shed.

But just as firefighters left the scene they were called back around 8:00 a.m., as more flames were seen coming from the attic.

Teachers and administrators watch and are thankful that no students were inside.

"We do require that we have fire drills so safety comes first for all the kids," Asuncion said.

The school celebrates its 80th anniversary this month. The 180 pre-school students will be placed into other schools.

"Glad the kids were not here yet and that nobody got hurt and our fire alarm system did work," Asuncion said.

Some patients at Kapiolani Hospital were relocated because of blowing smoke.

Investigators are still looking in to the cause of the fire.

School officials say they hope to rebuild.

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