Firefighters douse blaze at Makiki highrise

Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 5:15 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a blaze Thursday at a Maikiki highrise.

Firefighters responded to the Camelot Condominiums at 1620 Liholiho St. about 2:30 p.m. Thursday following reports of a fire in a unit.

Smoke could be seen pouring from a lower floor, and fire alarms were blaring.

Resident Wayne Kane, who lives on the 15th floor, carried his elderly neighbor down the stairs to safety.

Kane said he heard the elevator alarms going off, but did not think much of it until he went outside and saw smoke.

“I looked over the balcony and the edge, it was on the other side of the building so I felt safe,” he said.

“But until you start to breathe and smell the smoke, you realize how serious it is, you just gotta get away from it. Once we got into the stairwell, it was pretty easy."

“It was just about just manning up and handling it,” he said.

Dianne Schels, another resident, lives on the floor where the fire broke out. She said she thought there was a fight out on the catwalk, but then she started to smell smoke and heard firetrucks.

“The officer knocked on the door and said, ‘Come on we have to go, there’s a fire right next door to you,’" she said. "I told him I have to get my cat first. We left and came down this end of the stairwell.”

Schels said she did not have a smoke detector in her unit, but plans to buy one now.

The fire was extinguished by 4:30 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There was no immediate word on the extent of the fire damage, but it appeared to be contained to one unit while smoke and water damage may have affected several apartments.

#BREAKING: Two-alarm building fire burning at Camelot Condominiums at Makiki. #HINews #HNN

Posted by Hawaii News Now on Thursday, January 16, 2020

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