Waikiki restaurant evacuated after fire

Outrigger Reef
Outrigger Reef
Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig
Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu firefighters responded to a kitchen fire at the Outrigger Reef's Ocean House Restaurant late Tuesday night.

According to officials, the fire broke just before 10 p.m.

When firefighters arrived to the scene, officials determined the fire had entered the kitchen's duct system. It took crews about two hours to put out the flames, which spread 10 floors up into the greasy duct system.

"The burning inside of the ducting was producing embers that were coming out at the top of the 10-story tower with the flames and embers starting to spread," Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig said.

Due to the amount of smoke within the vent and to ensure the safety of the hotel's guests, the restaurant was promptly evacuated.

Some visitors in the hotel's adjacent Pacific Tower complained they were confused they heard alarms and announcements going off.

"We went down to the lobby and went and sat in the pool chairs just to be safe. And no one from the hotel staff came and said anything," Vancouver visitor Karen McKay said. "There was no announcement about our tower, about the Ocean Tower, we decided on our own to evacuate."

Hotel officials says taking care of their guests is the main concern.

The security of our guests is of course, prime concern to us and the security of our employees and their safety," Outrigger Reef on the Beach General Manager Bill Comstock said. "I think it was handled very well. I do understand that the system did cause, because it was under such stress, some later alarms which we did make announcements."

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

The Ocean House Restaurant is closed until further notice. The hotel's Shore Bird and Kanikapilia restaurants will continue to serve guests.

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