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Flames engulf top floor unit of a Waikiki apartment buildingUPDATED 8:49 PM HST Oct 25, 2013Video Transcript
Residents of a Waikiki apartment building say they NEVER heard an alarm go off... even while flames ENGULFED a top floor unit. As KITV4's Jill Kuramoto reports... some fast action by a passing police officer may have helped save lives. Donna Lynch snapped these photos of the fire at 8:35 this morning. But she thinks she heard the smoke detector going off about an hour earlier. 8:36 I HEARD IT AND I LOOKED AROUND AND SNIFFED AND THERE WAS NO SMOKE AND I THOUGHT THIS HAS TO BE SOMEBODY'S ALARM CLOCK. 8:42 BUT IT DIDN'T SOUND LIKE IT. 8:44 BUT IT DIDN'T SOUND LIKE A SMOKE DETECTOR EITHER. 8:46 This HPD patrol officer was driving by when he saw the fire and jumped into action. 15:33 I SAW THE COP SCREAMING TO GET IN AND I RAN DOWNSTAIRS AND LET HIM IN AND HE SET OFF THE ALARM. 15:38 BY THAT TIME IT WAS A FULL BLOWN FIRE. 15:42 We're told he even tried to use the house line to put out the fire, but the flames proved too much. 36:48 ALTHOUGH FIRE FIGHTERS ARRIVED ON THE SCENE WITHIN 5 MINUTES THIS WAS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THEY FOUND WHEN THEY GOT HERE. ALTHOUGH FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THIS WASN'T A BIG PROBLEM IN BATTLING THE FIRE. 36:57 27:28 WE DIRECTED COMPANIES TO THE ALA WAI HYDRANTS SO WE WERE ABLE TO OVERCOME THAT WATER SUPPLY OBSTACLE WITHOUT ANY IMPACT ON THE FIRE. 27:36 A woman and her 8-year-old grandson live in unit 803, but no one was home at the time of the fire. Damage was contained to the unit and no one was injured. But fire officials say a closer look into the alarm system at the Regency apartments is planned to make sure it's working properly. Lynch said she sees this as a wakeup call. 9:16 WE SHOULD ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION BE THE ONE WHO CALLS EVEN IF it's a FALSE ALARM BECAUSE IT COULD SAVE SOMEBODY'S LIFE. 9:24 Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 News.