Wood-Finishing Plant Burns in Honolulu

Issue 1 and Volume 123.

Wood-Finishing Plant Burns in Honolulu The fourth major fire in 11 years at a Honolulu wood-finishing plant spurted flames that could be seen for miles. Four fire fighters were treated for injuries at Maluhia Hospital and then sent home. Five engine companies, three ladder companies and a rescue company extinguished the blaze last August 18 at Blair Limited, 404 Ward Avenue. The fire started about 7:30 p.m. in a covered lanai, where wood is finished, at the rear of the main storehouse and display building. Chief Leo M. Kwaitkowski said that the flames spread up the rear wall and under the roof. Lacquer, varnish, electrical equipment and unfinished table tops were kept in the area where the flames were first seen. Star Bulletin photo by John Titchen An off-duty Honolulu fire fighter, Howard Enos, was in his car in a nearby parking lot when, he said, flames flared “higher than…

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