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Update to Kahakuloa structure fire

A structure fire that occurred early yesterday evening in Kahakuloa, caused $550,000 in damages to the one-story residential structure, and $5,000 to its contents. The home, located near mile marker 8 on the mauka side of Kahekili Highway, was almost entirely destroyed and vacant at the time.

At 5:38 p.m., 3 fire companies, 3 water tankers, and a battalion chief from Wailuku, Kahului, and Wailea responded to the blaze. Wailuku firefighters arrived at 5:58 p.m. and reported defensive fire conditions, indicating that a vast majority of the home was on fire. The fire was brought under control by around 6:40 p.m. and extinguished at 11:30 p.m.

A narrow driveway and overgrown foliage made it difficult for crews fighting the fire to make access. The area has no fire hydrants, so the fire department helicopter was brought in to provide water drops on the home and in the event flames spread to nearby brush.

Fire investigators were unable to determine the fire’s cause.

At about 5:37 p.m. firefighters responded to a structure fire near mile marker 8 of Kahekili Highway, in Kahakuloa.

Fire crews from Wailuku, Kahului, Wailea are on scene working to bring the fire under control. When the first fire crews arrived, the two-story residential structure was fully engulfed in flames. Because of limited water supply and difficult access to the home, the fire department’s Air 1 helicopter was dispatched to assist.

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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