HFD investigating 2 Waikiki hotel fires
WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Guests and staff members had a brief scare at two Waikiki hotels early Wednesday morning.
The fires broke out at the Hawaii Prince Hotel and the Ala Moana Hotel.
According to officials, the Hawaii Prince Hotel fire broke at 1:17 a.m. in a basement dumpster located in the Diamond Head tower.
The fire set off a general alarm causing hotel officials to evacuate all staff and guests.
Smoke spread into the underground garage area. Firefighters used fans to ventilate the garage, which took about two hours.
About 150 to 200 people were forced to wait in the area for about an hour until the Honolulu Fire Department gave the all clear.
The fire was contained to the dumpster. No major property was damaged and no one was injured.
Investigators say the loading dock, where the dumpster is located, is accessible to the public through Ala Moana Boulevard. Officials say hotel security does monitor the loading dock area.
Investigators do not believe the fire was intentionally set. The cause of the fire will be classified as undetermined.
Honolulu firefighters also responded to a fire at the Ala Moana Hotel at 1:33 a.m.
According to officials, the fire was isolated to the third floor at the Royal Garden Restaurant. Staff members used a fire extinguisher when flames came from the kitchen stove.
Officials shut off gas to the kitchen to investigate. The restaurant will remain closed until further notice.
Damages were confined to the kitchen and estimated at $5,000.
The fire did not trigger a general evacuation.
Honolulu police were not called to either fire. Officials say the fires are not related.
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