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Liquid fuel spill causes building evacuation

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    Hale Pawaa at the corner of South Beretania and Keeaumoku streets.

A liquid fuel spill forced about 150 people to evacuate a Makiki building and shut down part of South Beretania Street today.

At 9:23 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a gas leak at Hale Pawaa Office Building, 1401 S. Beretania St., and found a strong noxious odor on the building’s seventh floor permeating throughout the building, said Honolulu Fire Capt. Kevin Mokulehua.

Firefighters evacuated the nine-story building and began ventilating it.

Mokulehua said firefighters determined the source of the odor was liquid fuel — similar to the type used in a camping stove — that had spilled on a 20-foot section of carpet on the seventh floor. The cause of the spill was unknown.

Firefighters allowed occupants to return at 11:51 a.m.

Police closed two left lanes of South Beretania Street for about two hours during the incident.

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  • I bet a lot of you remember the olo-olos just before the Koko Head bound Wai’alae Road exit from H1. There was a huge gas leak from their supply pipe at the end of the ’80s that the firefighters from the Waikiki station could smell all the way down Kapahulu Ave. This happened in the wee hours and the next day the repair crews were tearing up S. King street and sidewalk. Just a few years later, down came the ‘olos.

    The cover story was that some disgruntled, just-fired employee of a pizza place half a mile away on University somehow got his hands on a bottle of mercaptan, somehow broke into the place in the wee hours, and left it sitting open on the table. Yeah, they really had to scrape the bottom of the barrel to come up with that bit of malarkey. Could’ve blown all of Mo’ili’ili straight to perdition.

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