Hawaii News

Friday, October 19, 2018

Update: Propane tanks may have figured in fatal Honolulu fire

The investigation of the Kaimuki house fire that claimed a mother and her baby continued Thursday after the Honolulu Fire Department discovered three 20-pound, barbecue-type propane tanks in the carport. “It is still part of the investigation, and it still hasn’t been confirmed or ruled out that they were the cause of the fire,” HFD spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said Thursday night. Firefighters on Wednesday morning discovered the bodies of Connie Moribe Wharton, 33, in the carport and 9-month-old Sophia in the living room of their home at 733-A Luakaha St. Honolulu Police Lt. Nathan Wharton, the husband and father of the victims, was not home at the time of the fire.
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mother, daughter killed in fire at Honolulu police officer’s Kaimuki home

A woman and her 9-month-old daughter were killed in a Kaimuki fire this morning at a Honolulu Police Department officer’s home, officials and neighbors said. Firefighters responded to 733-A Luakaha St. at 8:09 a.m., brought the fire under control by 8:25 a.m. and extinguished it by about 9 a.m. Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scot Seguirant said the bodies of an adult and baby were found in the carport and the living room, respectively. Seguirant did not release any more information on the victims. Neighbors identified the deceased as Connie Moribe Wharton, 33, and daughter Sophia. HPD Lt. Nathan Wharton, the husband and father of the victims, was not home at the time of the fire. A police chaplain and HPD Deputy Chief John McCarthy were among the HPD officers who responded to the fire scene.
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2 people treated for smoke inhalation after Kalihi apartment fire

Within minutes, the Honolulu Fire Department extinguished a two-alarm fire at a Kalihi apartment building Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were dispatched just before 3 p.m. to a 3-story apartment building on Puuhale Road. Fire officials responded with 39 personnel and deemed the fire extinguished by 3:10 p.m. Flames were seen coming from an apartment on the second floor. Two people were treated by EMS for smoke inhalation, but they refused to be transported to the hospital. The cause is under investigation. Neighbors say the two people who lived in the apartment safely made it out, and that flames likely started in a bedroom. The unit is reportedly heavily damaged.

Maui Fire Department concludes 26-week training, graduating 23 new firefighters

Some new firefighters will be joining the ranks at fire stations around Maui County. The Maui Fire Department said 23 firefighters recently graduated from their 26-week recruitment training program. Of the recent graduates, 21 of them will work in fire stations on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Two will go on to work at the state level serving the Airport Rescue & Firefighting stations in Kahului and Lahaina. “Recruits received their badges and pledged their oath in a much anticipated graduation ceremony, during which each recruit selected a special family member to carry out the traditional ‘Pinning of the Badge.’ Maui Fire Chief, David Thyne delivered the timehonored Firefighter’s Oath of Service,” MFD said in a news release. During the 26-week training, recruits are taught how to handle emergency situations and learn the many skills and disciplines necessary to serve the public as a firefighter. A handful of graduates were also given special awards for academic achievement, ability and motivational spirit.

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