Hawaii News

Friday, December 8, 2017

Honolulu Fire Department releases 911 calls made during deadly Marco Polo building fire

The Honolulu Fire Department released some of the 911 calls it received when a massive fire broke out at the Marco Polo building in July. Caller: (Unit) 2613 is where my son is and he’s yelling for help. Dispatcher: Okay, is he on the balcony? Caller: No. Dispatcher: Tell him go on the balcony, close the door, take a wet towel with him. The 7-alarm fire killed four people. Fire officials say it started in the living room of Unit 2602, but they still don’t know what caused it.

Hawaii island firefighter disciplined after reportedly reeking of alcohol while on duty

A Hawaii island firefighter is being disciplined for having alcohol in his system while on duty. The fire chief for the Hawaii Fire Department says the firefighter’s blood alcohol level did not exceed the legal limit, so no law was broken, but the firefighter still violated department rules. When Paula Honda called for an ambulance for her grandmother in Waiakea, she noticed that the driver did not seem right. Some firefighters on Hawaii island are also trained as paramedics. “He was very red. He was reeking of alcohol. He was also chewing gum. He really didn’t ask very many questions himself,” she said. Honda says she called the fire department right away to report it because she was afraid something terrible might happen.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Maui Fire Department Cautions Upcountry Residents of Smoke Alarm Scam

The Department of Fire & Public Safety is informing the public about a phone scam and potential door-to-door fraud scheme targeting Upcountry residents. Fire officials say that in recent weeks an individual or group claiming to be from the Maui Fire Department have been calling Kula and Pukalani residents offering a free home inspection of their smoke alarms. “They are enticing residents by offering a free battery replacement in all their smoke alarms during the in-home visit,” said Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto. “They are telling residents that they will be stopping by their home the next day, and not giving people the chance to decline.” So far, there have been no reports of individuals making door-to-door contact using the tactic, however, fire officials want the public to be informed and prepared should the individuals call.
Maui Now

Arson determined in fire at unoccupied Nanakuli home

The Honolulu Fire Department said a Tuesday night Nanakuli house fire was intentionally set, referring the case to the police arson unit. Firefighters responded to a building fire at about 8:30 p.m. at 81-212 Mikana St. and brought the blaze under control in about 10 minutes, extinguishing it by 9:16 p.m. The home was reported to be derelict and unoccupied. Estimated damages are $10,000 for the structure and $500 to its contents. No injuries were reported.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe