Two dogs rescued from a fire that damages a kitchen of a residence in Waiakea, South Hilo Tuesday afternoon (May 12th).
Published By: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a structure fire in Waiakea, South Hilo Tuesday afternoon (May 12th).
The initial call came in at 12:24 pm Tuesday afternoon and HFD crews from the Waiakea, Central, Haihai, and Kaumana Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and HPD officers from the South Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located at the 700 block of Hinano Street in Waiakea.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, calls came in from surrounding residents for a report of black smoke visible throughout the Waiakea area. Neighbors reported fire and heavy smoke coming from the rear of the residence (residence being described as a single-story family dwelling). It was not known at the time if the occupants of the residence were home at the time of the fire.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, first arriving HFD Medic found black smoke coming from the rear of a residence on Hinano Street and reported possible propane tank involvement. Second arriving HFD crews immediately went into an offensive mode of fire attack and made entry into the rear and also the front door of the residence.
HFD crews had the fire under control at 12:35 pm and had declared the fire out just before 12:39 pm. While conducting salvaging and overhaul operations, HFD crews conducted a search of the residence and rescued two dogs in the residence, which at the time of the fire found unharmed and hiding. Homeowners at the scene were very grateful for saving their pets were saved.
Due to the quick response of HFD crews, they were able to have the fire contained to the kitchen area of the residence.
The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage and saved an estimated $100,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.