Arson Dog Searches Honolulu High-Rise

Canine used to detect ignitable liquids in fire apartment

 

Honolulu Apartment Fire

Kaimi, an arson dog trained to sniff out ignitable liquids, stands outside a Honolulu high-rise apartment building on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The dog was brought to Honolulu from Hawaii’s Big Island to help with the investigation into a fire that killed three people. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

 

HONOLULU (AP) — Fire investigators from Hawaii’s Big Island have arrived in Honolulu with an arson dog to search for ignitable liquids in the apartment where a deadly high-rise blaze broke out last week.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins said Tuesday the dog is searching unit 2602 where the fire began. He said the search does not necessarily mean there is a criminal element to their investigation.

Honolulu Apartment Fire
Kaimi, an arson dog trained to sniff out ignitable liquids, stands outside a Honolulu high-rise apartment building on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The dog was brought to Honolulu from Hawaii’s Big Island to help with the investigation into a fire that killed three people. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The blaze killed three people in nearby apartments and injured a dozen others.

Jenkins said the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also helping to determine the cause of the fire.

Honolulu police said Monday the damaged apartments are not considered a crime scene. The fire department released the building around 1 a.m. Saturday, just hours after battling the flames Friday night.

Honolulu Apartment Fire
This photo shows the Marco Polo building after a fire gutted several of the top floors of the residential complex, Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Honolulu. A fire broke out Friday afternoon in a unit on the 26th floor, where all three of the dead were found, Fire Chief Manuel Neves said. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

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