A man in his 70s was killed Wednesday and six people were left homeless after a fast-moving blaze ripped through an apartment building in Waialua.
HFD officials said the two-alarm blaze broke out in unit 206 of the building on Au Street just after noon.
Firefighters arrived at the scene around 12:12 p.m. with 11 units staffed with 36 personnel.
HFD brought the fire under control by about 12:48 p.m. and extinguished it by 1:04 p.m. And when they entered the unit, the found a man’s body in a back bedroom.
The man’s wife was able to exit the unit safely.
“We’re really unsure of what exactly transpired as far as why the husband was unable to get out and why the wife was able to safely get out,” said HFD Capt. Jaimie Song.
Other residents were also evacuated, and fire officials said several units sustained smoke and water damage.