KFD responds to Lihu‘e post office smoke

  • Laurel Smith/ The Garden Island Firefighters pack up after assessing the building to be safe, handing back the the scene to Lihu‘e Post Office employees. Firefighters were called after smoke was detected on Wednesday morning.

  • Laurel Smith/ The Garden Island Firefighters are reflected by the window of the closed Lihu‘e Post Office. They were called to the scene early Wednesday morning when smoke was detected inside.

  • Laurel Smith/ The Garden Island A firefighter investigates the cause of smoke inside the Lihu‘e Post Office on Wednesday morning.

  • Laurel Smith/ The Garden Island

    Firefighters respond to smoke at the Lihu‘e Post Office at 8:37 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The cause of the smoke was later determined to be an external motor in the building’s air conditioning system.

LIHU‘E — Shortly after its 8 a.m. opening on Wednesday morning, the Lihu‘e United States Post Office on Rice Street was evacuated after smoke was detected.

Responders with the Kaua‘i Fire Department Rescue Unit 3 and Station 3 Lihu‘e responded to the scene.

Firefighters assessed the building and determined that the source of the smoke was a faulty exterior motor for the building’s air conditioning system. Kaua‘i Air Conditioning was called to the scene to inspect the motor.

Around 9 a.m., Captain Kilipaki Vaughan handed the scene back over to the Lihu‘e Post Office. The location remained closed for an additional hour for smoke to clear the building.

The post office reopened at 10 a.m.

  1. Zchechuan November 19, 2021 2:28 pm Reply

    Are these new recruits? I don’t recognize their faces. They seem new ones every time. And what was the cause of the fire? Probable cause, an employee started the fire because they suspected a drug deal going on for some time now.

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