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Kalihi fire that injured man caused by malfunctioning fan

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:33 p.m. HST, Nov 24, 2011


A two-alarm fire this morning in Kamehameha Heights was caused by a malfunctioning desk fan, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said.

A man in his 70s suffered a minor burn in the blaze, and several of his cats died.

The fire broke out at 4:18 a.m. in a single-story, three-bedroom home at 2634A Kalihi Street.

Seelig said firefighters could see heavy smoke as they approached the home and called a second alarm.

The fire was "heavily involved" when firefighters arrived at 4:23 a.m., Seelig said. The fire was declared under control at 4:35 a.m., but caused "extensive" damage to the home, with a dollar loss estimated at $250,000.

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