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Hilo Information Update for September 8th, 2020

Large disturbance and fire at Hawaii Community Correctional Center (HCCC) leads to the closure of Waianuenue Avenue in Hilo Tuesday afternoon (September 8th).

Published By: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) along with the Hawaii Fire Department (HFD), State of Hawaii Sheriffs and Hawaii Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to a report of a large disturbance and fire Hawaii Community Correctional Center (HCCC) in Hilo Tuesday afternoon (September 8th).

The initial call came in at 3:49 pm Tuesday afternoon and HFD crews from the Kaumana, Haihai, and Central Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, HPD officers from the South Hilo Patrol, and DPS corrections officers at HCCC responded to the scene located the HCCC - Waianuenue Section.

Preliminary details received from HPD:

Hawaii Police responded to a riot at HCCC on Wainuenue Avenue at about 3:51 PM this afternoon (09-08-2020).

Sometime earlier there was an affray leading to rioting at the facility including the setting of fire to a housing unit. It has not yet been determined the cause of the brawl at the facility and it was not determined how much damage has been done. State Personnel are evacuating inmates from the facility so that an assessment can take place to determine the extent of the damage to the facility.

Police assisted State Corrections officers in establishing a perimeter around the facility shutting down Wainuenue Avenue and parts of Komohana Street, that still remain closed indefinitely while the state investigates the incident.

There were some reported injures to inmates from the affray, and corrections officers suffered smoke inhalation and respiratory issues from the incident. There are no major injuries being reported at this time.

Responding to the facility in addition to police were two Hawaii Fire Department station units, State Sheriffs and the State Corrections Officers.

The fire has been extinguished and the assessment process is being performed on the injured people before a facility check can take place.

Further inquiries can be made to Captain Ben Catriz of the Department of Public Safety, State Corrections Division.

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