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Waikiki man suffers burns in high-rise kitchen fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:14 a.m. HST, Sep 12, 2011


A Waikiki man in his 50s suffered burns to both arms after a kitchen fire broke out in his high-rise apartment around 12:44 a.m. Sunday, Honolulu Fire Capt. Robert Main said.

The fire was caused by unattended cooking in the man's seventh-floor apartment along the 2200 block of Ala Wai Boulevard, Main said. 

It caused $20,000 in structural damage to the kitchen and $5,000 in damage to the apartment's contents, Main said.

Firefighters had the fire extinguished by 12:55 a.m. 

The man was treated at the scene by firefighters. Paramedics then took him to a hospital, Main said.

Around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Honolulu firefighters responded to another call of overcooked food in an Aiea high-rise building, Main said.

No one was injured and no damage occurred.

But both incidents serve as a reminder to people to carefully monitoring their stoves while cooking, Main said.

"It's a reoccurring thing," Main said. "Don't walk away while cooking."

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