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Makiki library and park users temporarily evacuated



Firefighters evacuated about 30 people from Makiki Library and lower Makiki District Park today because of a suspected chemical leak in a pool equipment room. 


Police also closed Keeaumoku Street about 8:30 a.m. in both directions between Wilder Avenue and Kinau Street as six fire companies blocked the roadway and a fire hose was connected to a hydrant across the street, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig. 


Firefighters responded to a report of smoke about 8:20 a.m. and determined there was no active fire, Seelig said. But smoke coming from a room containing chemicals led firefighters to suspect there may have been a chemical release.


The library users and people using the park courts were  evacuated as a precaution, Seelig said. 


Firefighters from the  hazardous materials  unit eventually found the smoke came from a burned out water pump in a pit beneath the pump room floor. 


The roadway was reopened about 10:30 a.m.


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