Wana Place Candle Fire Sparks Safety Awareness
Honolulu Fire Department is urging residents to take care when using candles and never leave a lit one unattended.
A house fire ignited by a lit but unattended candle caused an estimated $65,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents of a home on Wana Place in Haleiwa in mid-January.
According to HFD, melting candle wax can spill and ignite a small fire. In the Haleiwa case, investigators said, the flame burned down and ignited the candle holder. This in turn radiated to a nearby combustible surface and quickly spread throughout the bedroom. There was a smoke alarm, but “no batteries present.”
During a power outage, HFD also recommends flashlights and glow sticks over candles — and make sure your smoke alarm has functioning batteries.