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Kalihi fire displaces a family of three


The American Red Cross is assisting a Kalihi family of three after a fire that started on the ground floor outside their apartment building and traveled to their upstairs apartment unit on Friday night.

The fire caused an estimated $10,000 in heat, flame and smoke damage.

Capt. Terry Seelig said 20 firefighters responded to the 5:20 p.m. call to Democrat and Kalihi streets.

The fire began on the ground floor outside the two-story walkup near a gas line, went up to the apartment and burned a couch and some clothing, he said. 

The first floor of the structure is built with concrete blocks, but the second floor’s exterior walls are wood, Seelig said.

Fire investigators have not determined the cause of the fire yet, but are investigating a leaking gas line to determine whether it leaked before or after the fire. 


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