HFD unable to determine cause of 2-alarm Waikiki condo fire

HFD contains 2-alarm fire at a Waikiki high rise

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu fire investigators have completed their investigation into what sparked a fire at a Waikiki highrise Thursday afternoon.

Officials have classified the cause of the fire at the Chateau Waikiki condominium tower as undetermined.

Investigators reported that there was a lack of specific evidence found in the area of origin.

HFD says when crews arrived on scene, a unit on the 25th floor had smoke and flames emanating from a window.

As firefighters rushed to the unit on Hobron Lane, many of the building’s elderly residents either evacuated or were told to shelter in place.

HFD said firefighters and EMS treated several people for exhaustion or difficulty breathing while exiting the building through the emergency stairwells. One woman was taken to a hospital by EMS.

The fire was eventually brought under control and fully extinguished by 6 p.m.

The building did have working smoke alarms, but it did not have fire sprinklers. In a news release HFD advocated for fire sprinklers in buildings, saying “It is the most effective way to protect your property and safeguard lives from a fire.”

It was reported that the unit’s occupant is currently out of the country.

The building was reportedly built in the 70s, and was not equipped with a fire sprinkler system, though HFD said it did have a properly functioning alarm system.

Fire damages are estimated at $100,000 to the unit and $10,000 to its contents.

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