UPDATE: Overnight fire claims life of a 61-year-old man
A 61-year-old man is dead after Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) personnel responded to a two-alarm fire at the Kalakaua Homes high rise located at 1541 Kalakaua Avenue. The fire started around 11:30 Thursday night.
Fire fighters located the fire in unit 1802 and found the the lone occupant in the apartment. Neighbors told investigators that the man had limited mobility due to the effects of a prior stroke.
The fire is still under investigation and a cause has yet to be determined. Damages have been estimated to be $126,000 to the structure and $3,000 to it contents.
Neighbors reported hearing a smoke detector in the unit and HFD confirmed that the residence did have working smoke alarms but it did not have fire sprinklers.
One man is dead after a fire breaks out inside a Honolulu high-rise. The fire started around 11:30 Thursday night in Kalakaua home.
When crews arrived they saw flames coming from a unit on the 18th floor. At least 39 firefighters responded and managed to get the fire under control within minutes. After searching the apartment unit HFD found a 61-year-old man inside.
According to emergency responders he died at the scene. It's unclear if anyone else was inside the unit at the time of the fire or what caused it. HFD officials tell KITV4 a few neighboring apartment units were also damaged by the fire.
This deadly fire comes just a few days after HFD announced its revamped it's high-rise firefighting training.
We'll have more information as the story develops