Updated: Mar 18, 2020
Fire damaged residence and lead to the closure of Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) in Hawi Town early Tuesday morning (March 17th).
Published By: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Kamuela - Waimea) Section
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to report of a structure fire at a residence in Hawi Town on Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) early Tuesday morning (March 17th).
The initial call came in 5:35 am Tuesday morning and HFD crews from the North Kohala, South Kohala, Waimea, and Waikoloa Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, HFD Inspectors from the Fire Prevention Bureau, and HPD officers from the North Kohala Patrol responded to scene located at the 55-3400 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi Town.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from residence located behind a business center off of Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi Town was reported to engulfed in flames and occupants of the residence (described as a single-story residence) and also nearby apartment complex immediately evacuated and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived on the scene, they found the rear of the residence and 3 vehicles fully engulfed in flames and immediately worked to gain control of the fire and prevent further spread into the apartment and business complex adjacent to the residence.
HFD crews had the fire under control just before 7:00 am Tuesday morning and crews immediately after began salvaging and overhauling operations to the structure. HFD crews had the fire fully extinguished at 9:29 am Tuesday morning and HFD Fire Prevention Bureau Inspector remained on scene conducting an investigation into the fire.
Due to the location of the fire hydrant, HPD officers closed Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) between Hawi Road/Highway 250 junction and Waipiele Road while HFD crews worked to extinguished the fire. Highway 270 was reopened to all traffic just before 9:30 am Tuesday morning.
American Red Cross is assisting affected residents and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.