Look for Clues After Hotel Fire
Posted: Nov 14, 2007 09:46 AM
WAIKIKI (KHNL) - A fire breaks out at a Waikiki hotel,
leaving one firefighter injured, and a woman in serious
Home video captures flames spewing out of Royal Kuhio
Hotel and Condo, forcing people to evacuate. One evacuee
also took video of the fire shortly after he escaped.
"Got to the bottom and there was fire falling
out of the building on top of us, so I ran over across
the street and starting taking pictures," said
Bruce Faber, occupant.
A firefighter suffered a broken finger, and one woman
was rushed to the hospital. Paramedics say she suffered
breathing problems after going down 23 flights of
stairs. Some say they had to run down 30 flights of
"Maybe about midway to the 18th, 19th floor
I started to see some orange flashing flames in the
hallway, and as I got down closer to the 7th floor,
I did smell more smoke," said Sharon Holub, tenant.
The 7th floor is where investigators say the fire
may have started. There's an open construction area
there, with five-gallon containers. Hazmat was called
to check what was inside the containers, to make sure
there were no hazardous chemicals. Firefighters brought
flames under control within 20 minutes. Although some
were shaken when the fire broke out...
"I could hear some people they felt they were
panicking a little bit, they were getting nervous,"
Most returned back into the building within an hour,
Investigators are still working to find the cause
of the fire.