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Kapahulu Avenue reopens following building fire

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Police briefly closed all lanes of Kapahulu Avenue between Kanaina and Campbell Avenues due to a building fire this afternoon.

The Honolulu Fire Department received a 911 call for a building fire incident at 465 Kapahulu Avenue at 4:29 p.m. The first of six units to respond to the call arrived on the scene at 4:32 p.m. to see smoke issuing from the five-story building’s third floor.

Businesses are located on the ground floor of the structure, while residential apartments comprise the upper floors.

The blaze was extinguished and Kapahulu Avenue reopened. One lane remained closed as of 5:30 p.m.

HFD classified the incident as a blanket fire and determined its origin to be an electrical outlet in an apartment’s kitchen. According to an email from the fire department, a lone resident attempted to smother a fire at an outlet that had a four-way splitter attached.

No injuries were reported.

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