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Rubbish fire diverts early morning traffic

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:39 a.m. HST, May 09, 2013

Firefighters were called to battle a rubbish fire early this morning on a Nimitz Highway median strip under the airport viaduct, an area frequented by homeless.

The alarm was turned in at 3:32 a.m. and the fire was under control by 4:18 a.m. The site of the blaze was the median on the Nimitz Highway and Ahua Street intersection.

No was injured and no was on the median when firefighters arrived. Many of the items that burned were mattresses and other personal items belonging to homeless people who camp in the area.

The eastbound lanes of Nimitz Highway were redirected to Ahua Street for nearly an hour because of the fire. A Jan. 15 fire about a block away at a homeless encampment cut off telephone, Internet or cable TV service to about 25,000 homes and businesses for most of the day.

Fire investigators said the cause of the fire was undetermined.

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iwanaknow wrote:
Hey Feds & State, Put up barriers under the freeways so the homeless don't congregate. Stimulate the economy. Put people to work.
on May 9,2013 | 08:55AM
Anonymous wrote:
All of those drug addicts living under the bridge need to be rounded up and euthanized. They are a drain on our economy and burden on our society which they CHOOSE to not be a part of. Go ahead and tell me how horrible I am. It's still a better plan than what is being done now, which is NOTHING!
on May 9,2013 | 09:08AM
yrusodz wrote:
Anonymous - should there be some punishment element? If you really want to see them punished how about sending them to North Dakota?
on May 9,2013 | 09:09PM
ghstar wrote:
Homelessness is one thing. Fires, vandalism, copper theft, assaults, and a murder are something else. What continues to go on under the H1 in Mapunapuna goes beyond what the city can allow. Its time for the city and state -- mayor, city council, HPD, DOT -- to clean up this mess.
on May 9,2013 | 10:30AM
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