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.