High-rise blazes keep firefighters busy
Two high-rise building fires kept firefighters busy Thursday.
The first fire started at 8:07 a.m. on the 14th floor of the Ilikai Marina at 1765 Ala Moana Blvd., said Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig.
Someone accidentally bumped the stove and turned on the burner, which had pizza boxes on top that caught on fire.
The fire and smoke damaged the cabinets and caused about $10,000 damage to the unit, Seelig said.
Four people in the unit escaped without injury, and firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes.
About 3:25 p.m., a fire broke out on the lanai of a second-floor unit at 2889 Ala Ilima St. in Salt Lake.
Four people inside the unit escaped without harm, but people leaving via the stairwell encountered smoke and complained of respiratory irritation and mild distress, Seelig said.
Four adults and two children were taken to the hospital to be checked out, including one adult who fell and injured a leg while coming down the stairwell.
Firefighters contained the fire to the furniture and other items on the lanai and put the blaze out by 3:40 p.m. Damage was estimated at about $7,500. A cause remains under investigation.
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