Honolulu firefighters credit automatic sprinklers in extinguishing high-rise fire in Kakaako

An automatic fire sprinkler doused a fire at the Keola Lai Condominiums shortly after midnight and one resident sustained a lower leg injury from the incident, Honolulu firefighters said.

An automatic fire sprinkler doused a fire at the Keola Lai Condominiums shortly after midnight and one resident sustained a lower leg injury from the incident, Honolulu firefighters said.

Thirty-nine firefighters responded at 12:03 a.m. to the two-alarm building fire at 600 Queen St., said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Scot Seguirant in a statement.

The first unit of firefighters arrived at 12:06 a.m. to discover black smoke emanating from the outside window of an apartment in the 43-story building. Firefighters evacuated the building and located the fire in unit 611. A female resident escaped safely without injuries after smelling the odor of smoke and hearing the sound of the smoke alarm.

The HFD would like to encourage the public to practice their fire evacuation plans, Seguirant said. This allows for quicker recognition and familiarization to what your fire alarm actually sounds like. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Honolulu fire fighters responded to a two-alarm building fire in Kakaako early Friday morning. 

Crews found the 43-story condominium with black smoke coming out from a window of the building. 

Officials say the buildings automatic fire alarm system controlled the fire until crews arrived on scene and fire sprinklers were then turned on inside.    HFD crews brought the blaze under control at 12:17 a.m. and the fire was fully extinguished at 12:21 a.m. 

One adult female was alerted to the fire by smelling the smoke. She escaped the building without injury. 

A lower leg injury was reported for this incident by a resident who was evacuating the building after the general fire alarm was activated.   The fire is under investigation and the cause of the fire has not been determined.  Fire damage estimates are not available at this time.


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