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Fire at 'Five-0' star's garage started with oily rags

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:41 p.m. HST, Jan 08, 2014

Bruce Asato / basato@staradvertiser.comA fire gutted the garage at "Hawaii Five-0" star Alex O'Loughlin's house Monday in the Diamond Head area.

The Monday afternoon fire that caused an estimated $110,000 to the Diamond Head home of "Hawaii Five-0" star Alex O'Loughlin was ruled accidental.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said Wednesday the cause was spontaneous combustion from oily rags used in a woodworking project that had been left in the garage.

The fire on Makalei Place gutted the garage and destroyed its contents.

Seelig said this type of fire occurs several times a year where oily rags are left piled up or thrown in the trash and begin to smolder and burn. It also occurs at hotels where cooking oils that remain in rags that have been laundered and put in the dryer also can catch fire due to spontaneous combustion, he said.

Seelig recommended placing oily rags for disposal in a metal container with a lid, such as a metal trash can and not a plastic can.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Happens when one has money to "burn".
on January 8,2014 | 07:43PM
kolohepalu wrote:
He was making honey-oil.
on January 8,2014 | 08:22PM
Wazdat wrote:
Why would you have to put his street name in the article ? I bet he has to move now
on January 8,2014 | 08:49PM
NoFlippinWay wrote:
Thankfully, nobody was hurt. But I would like to ask Terry Seelig, the fire captain, why ("Forty firefighters from five engine and two ladder companies responded to the fire.")? Which is direct quote from the original Star Advertiser article regarding the fire that was quickly deleted and edited yesterday. Is this the normal response to a residential house fire or the response awarded to McGarrett? Just curious, no disrespect to the brave men and women of the HFD.
on January 8,2014 | 09:41PM
Kate53 wrote:
Use your brain. The fire could have spread to other homes in the area. You do know homes in much of Oahu are built close together, even on Diamond Head. No fence is going to stop the flames from your neighbor's house or garage once they get out of control.
on January 9,2014 | 07:12AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Ignoranus comment.
on January 9,2014 | 07:57AM
Sunny wrote:
The real story is Wo Fat started the fire hoping to get McGarrett!
on January 9,2014 | 05:48AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Aha! I KNEW it!
on January 9,2014 | 07:53AM
Mythman wrote:
glad the hfd cleared this up
on January 9,2014 | 06:11AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Something people should be aware of is that oxygen and oil are a volatile mix and can spontaneously combust.
on January 9,2014 | 06:34AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Oily rags? What kind of oil, pray tell? Were there any canisters of butane found on the premises? Heh, just funnin', boys.
on January 9,2014 | 06:36AM
bluhawaii74 wrote:
Why am I not believing this?
on January 9,2014 | 07:21AM
kennie1933 wrote:
O'Loughlin does not strike me as a wood-working type. But I could be wrong.....can't judge a book by its cover.
on January 9,2014 | 07:55AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Luckily the fire didn't spread to the other residences......
on January 9,2014 | 08:11AM
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