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Waiehu Heights Home Destroyed in Early Morning Blaze

PC: Lynn Alpuro/ MAUIWatch

At approximately 12:42 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Central Dispatch was notified of a possible structure fire at 857 West Kaena Place in the Wai’ehu Heights subdivision.

Engine 1 (Wailuku Station), Engine 10 and Rescue 10 (Kahului Station), Engine 14 (Kula Station) and a battalion chief were dispatched to the subject address.

Engine 1 arrived on-scene at approximately 12:53 a.m. and observed a single-story, single-family dwelling with fire extending out from the roof, about 50 percent of the structure was involved fire. Engine 1 personnel established a water supply and applied water to the structure.

Once it was confirmed that no occupants were within the house, suppression activities were concentrated on containing the fire to the structure of origin and protecting surrounding structures. The co-responding apparatuses arrived and assisted with the extinguishment of the fire.

The fire was called under control at 1:22 a.m.

A fire investigator, assisted by a Maui Police Department detective, conducted an origin and cause investigation.

The house reportedly had no electricity (the electrical meter had been removed), the yard was in an un-kept condition, and several derelict cars were in the driveway and on the road frontage of the house.

Officials say the house was occupied at the time of the fire’s discovery, and all occupants made it out safely; however, the exact number of occupants was not confirmed.

Investigators were unable to gather sufficient and useful information to identify the cause of the fire.

The entire house was destroyed by the fire with fire damages estimated at $260,000 to the structure. Two adjacent structures sustained minor exterior damages.

There were no injuries to report. Red Cross assisted two of the occupants of the house that remained at the scene.

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