At 2:18 a.m. earlier this morning, firefighters responded to a residential structure fire on Kauhikoa Road in Haiku, after a neighbor reported it as a possible boat fire.
At 2:29 p.m., Makawao firefighters arrived and found a 1,100 square foot single-story residence fully engulfed in flames. Maui police had already confirmed that everyone was out of the home when fire crews arrived. The fire was contained at 2:53 a.m. and called extinguished at 7:03 a.m.
Eighteen firefighters, including a battalion chief, rescue company, tanker, and three engine companies from Makawao, Paia, and Kahului responded to the fire.
One of the occupants was awakened by strange noises coming from outside, and when the occupant looked out the window, they saw the carport on fire. Everyone escaped without injury. Two adults and two young children were home sleeping when the fire was discovered. A third child was not in the home at the time.
Fire investigators do know that the fire started in the carport, but could not determine the exact cause. There was no evidence that the fire was intentional. The home was a total loss, with estimated damages set at $220,000 to the structure and $75,000 to contents. Four cars and a shuttle bus parked outside sustained damages valued at $11,500. Two cars and the shuttle bus were completely destroyed.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family with finding more permanent housing, food, and clothing, as the family lost everything in the fire. The family will be staying at a friend’s house in the meantime.