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Fire destroys abandoned house on Beretania Street

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:22 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2013

Fire consumed an abandoned home on Beretania Street Saturday.

Six engine companies, two ladder companies, a rescue crew and a battalion commander were dispatched to the blaze, which was first reported just after 5:30 p.m. at a lot next door to the Auntie Pasto’s restaurant on Pensacola Street.

Police closed Beretania and Young streets in both directions between Pensacola and Victoria streets while firefighters brought the fire under control. Police eventually reopened two mauka lanes for traffic before reopening the entire street at 8:50 p.m.

No injuries were reported and no other structures were damaged.

Auntie Pasto’s closed for the evening and but will reopen Sunday morning, according to a sign on the door.

Homeless people in the area were known to occupy the abandoned single-story structure, according to Honolulu Fire Department spokesperson Capt. Robert Main.

Fire investigators remained at the scene for several hours, examining the hollowed structure and the trash-strewn area around it.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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kuhioprince wrote:
Wonder why anyone would abandon a house in that location. The land alone must cost a fortune.
on July 20,2013 | 11:10PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Exellent point; wonder who owns it ?????
on July 20,2013 | 11:12PM
sarahm808 wrote:
They may not have been able to pay the real property taxes. You'd think that an investor hui might have snapped it up, but the lot might be "substandard" and non-conforming to current zoning.
on July 21,2013 | 12:21AM
tutulois wrote:
I walk by this place often -- it was such a sad little house, but clearly it was once someone's pride and joy, when the neighborhood was full of such single family homes. But abandoned houses are fires waiting to happen. The homeless have caused fires in other cities that have cost firefighters their lives. I'm glad that our firefighters were able to deal with this fire without any injuries.
on July 21,2013 | 12:06AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The revenge of the homeless for us kicking them out of occupying the sidewalk. And we are suppose to feel sorry for them?
on July 21,2013 | 06:41AM
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