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Captain Cook Information Update for January 1st, 2022

One person is in police custody for arson following a structure fire at a residence in Captain Cook, South Kona Saturday afternoon (January 1st).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawai'i Island (Hōlualoa) and O'ahu (Waipi'o) Team

The Hawai'i Fire Department (HFD) along with Hawai'i Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence on Keopuka Makai Road in Captain Cook, South Kona Saturday afternoon (January 1st).

The initial call came in at 1:17 pm and HFD Crews from the Captain Cook, Keauhou, and Kailua Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, Chopper 2, Volunteers from the Kalaoa Mauka Station, and HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located on Keopuka Makai Road in Captain Cook, South Kona.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came in reporting a residence (described as a single-story structure approximately 1,500 sq. ft in size) reported to be fully engulfed in flames and the occupant of the structure had safely evacuated prior to the arrival of emergency crews.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews immediately worked to gain access to the structure, which was inhibited by overgrown brush near the structure and in the driveway to the residence. Due to the limited access, HFD Crews had to create access to the residence to begin work to extinguish and gain control of the fire. Chopper 2 responded to the scene to assist extinguishment by commencing with water bucket operations to parts of the structure inaccessible by ground crews. Even with the challenges, HFD Crews were able to have the fire under control at 1:45 pm Saturday afternoon, and the fire was fully extinguished by 2:00 pm.

Upon further investigation into the cause of the fire, it was later determined that the fire was intentionally set, and an unidentified male was taken into custody by HPD at the scene, who was also witnessed by arriving HFD Crews and also nearby residents at the scene of the incident.

The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage and cause of the fire declared as arson.

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