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Safeway Kapahulu fire was intentionally set

  • DENNIS ODA / 2011

    Honolulu Fire Department investigators determined that the fire at Kapahulu Safeway in April was intentionally set, and have handed it over to police for further investigation.

Honolulu Fire Department investigators determined a fire at Kapahulu Safeway last month was intentionally set, and have handed the case over to police for further investigation.

At about 4:30 a.m. April 29, firefighters responded to a two-alarm structure fire at 888 Kapahulu Ave. with 10 units staffed by 39 HFD personnel. The first unit to arrive found smoke coming out of Safeway’s main entrance. Eleven employees and three customers were reported to have evacuated the building prior to their arrival.

The fire was brought under control at 5:15 a.m. and fully extinguished by 5:40 a.m.

The department said a working, automatic fire sprinkler system reduced the intensity and spread of the fire.

Damages are estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $500,000 to its contents. No injuries were reported.

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