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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:02 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2005

Fire burns Makiki home

By Mike Gordon
Advertiser Staff Writer

A pair of two-alarm fires within a minute of each other kept firefighters busy early today.

The first fire, which was reported at 4:09 a.m., burned most of a home at 1214 Matlock Ave. in Makiki. The resident, a man, escaped uninjured, said Capt. Emmit Kane, a Honolulu Fire Department spokesman.

Eight companies and 30 firefighters responded and the fire was under control by 4:26 a.m.

The resident was sleeping in the living room but was awakened by a popping sound near an air conditioner, Kane said. The home was already burning and the man ran outside with his dog and yelled at neighbors to call 911.

"He was lucky to get out," Kane said. "He was lucky he was alerted."

The man's home was packed with belongings and that fueled the fire.

"Because of the amount of things he had accumulated there, it intensified the fire," Kane said.

Fire officials estimated $150,000 in damage to the home and $50,000 to its contents.

Red Cross officials are providing temporary housing, clothing, food and personal items for the fire victim.

The second fire was reported at 4:10 a.m. at Hawai'i Metal Recycling in Campbell Industrial Park, Kane said.

Nine companies and 40 firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze, he said.

No one was at the business. The fire was reported by someone at a nearby business, Kane said.

The fire was under control by 4:38 a.m. and extinguished by 6:14 a.m.

The cause of that fire is not known yet, but responding personnel said that piles of material to be recycled were on fire as well as adjacent machinery, Kane said.

No damage estimate was available.

Reach Mike Gordon at mgordon@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8012.