HFD: Early-morning house fire in Kailua ruled as accidental; damages totaled at $440K

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Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 7:23 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 10, 2022 at 5:57 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu fire investigators have classified the cause of a blaze at a home in Kailua on Thursday morning as accidental.

Crews were dispatched just after 5:30 a.m. to a home on Hele Street.

The Honolulu Fire Department said the fire was caused by an electrical failure or malfunction of an outlet along the front porch.

Officials said the blaze was confined to the front unit of structure, which suffered heavy fire damage. Meanwhile, the rear unit suffered minor smoke and water damage. No neighboring homes were damaged.

Firefighters said all nine occupants were able to make it out safely. Three of them were transferred to Emergency Medical Services for minor smoke inhalation, but the patients declined treatment.

HFD said smoke alarms were not present in the front unit, but were present in the rear unit.

The blaze was extinguished by 7 a.m.

The Honolulu Police Department said there were some potential hazards, including propane tanks in front of the home.

The American Red Cross assisted the displaced occupants.

HFD said damages were estimated at $400,000 to the building and $40,000 to the contents.

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