HFD relied on relay pumping to extinguish large 2-alarm Mokuleia fire

HFD relied on relay pumping to extinguish large 2-alarm Mokuleia fire
Witnesses saw the large flames and thick smoke billowing Monday evening. (Source: Guilherme Santos)

MOKULEIA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 2-alarm building fire in Mokuleia Monday evening proved a bit challenging for Honolulu firefighters.

A thick plume of smoke was seen rising from the building just off Farrington Highway near Polo Beach.

Eight units staffed with 36 personnel rushed to the scene shortly after 6 p.m. Once there, they found a single story home fully engulfed in flames.

Thick smoke was seen rising around 6 p.m. Monday.
Thick smoke was seen rising around 6 p.m. Monday. (Source: Hannah Crowson)

HFD said the nearest fire extinguisher was about 2,000 feet away. Firefighters utilized relay pumping methods, which required more than 2,000 feet of hose and three fire engines to pump the water through to the flames.

It took fire crews about 50 minutes to get the flames under control. It was deemed fully extinguished at 7:45 p.m.

Two people were able to escape the home uninjured.

One person was arrested for arson in connection with the incident. He was identified by police records as 45-year-old Zachary Apilando.

A cause is under investigation.

This story will be updated.

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