Firefighters respond to early-morning fire involving rail transit system in Kapolei

HFD responds to fire call at Kapolei Rail Station
HFD responds to fire call at Kapolei Rail Station(HNN)
Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 12:38 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 1, 2022 at 3:51 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters responded to a fire involving the rail transit system in Kapolei on Saturday morning, the Honolulu Fire Department said.

Officials said nine HFD units responded to the incident just after 8:30 a.m. at the Kapolei Rail Station.

After investigation, responding personnel said they found a small electrical fire.

The department said the fire was contained at 8:50 a.m.

This comes as HART is currently conducting its trial run phase between the East Kapolei station to Aloha Stadium. Trains run around the clock, checking for problems and glitches in the system.

In a statement, HART CEO Lori Kahikina said a test cable being used as part of trial running caught fire. The cable is used to monitor stray current rom the third rail, as part of the rigorous trial running testing.

Kahikina said the incident and equipment involved are under investigation.

“Hitachi Rail Honolulu will make any necessary changes following the investigation,” Kahikina added.

The rail’s trial run phase will continue as planned. Officials advise the public to avoid the rail tracks at all time for safety purposes.

This story may be updated.