Fire in home last week was caused by short circuit
A short-circuited electrical power strip started a fire that severely damaged a Pālolo Valley home last week, the Honolulu Fire Department said yesterday.
The 9th Avenue fire on March 11 destroyed the second floor of the two-story home, causing an estimated $600,000 in damage. The three women residents got out of the house before firefighters arrived.
Meanwhile, fire investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed a Makiki apartment on March 9.
Investigators reported that the fire began in the kitchen of the one-bedroom unit on Ernest Street, but could not determine the exact cause. The blaze caused $150,000 in damage. One person was living in the apartment but was not home at the time. No injuries were reported.
The fire department has closed both investigations.