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Honokaa Information Update # 2 for June 7th, 2020

Fire causes extensive damage to a residence in Honoka'a Sunday morning (June 7th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Kamuela/Holualoa) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a residential structure in Honoka'a that was first reported Sunday morning (June 7th).

The initial call came in at 9:09 am Sunday morning and HFD crews from the Honoka'a, Waimea, and Laupahoehoe Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, volunteers from the Pa'auilo Station, and HPD officers from the Hamakua Patrol responded to the scene located at the 45-500 block of Opuhe St in Honoka'a.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous neighbors and residents reported heavy black smoke visible in the area of Opuhe Street and Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway) across the street from Convenience Plus (C Plus) service station. Smoke was visible throughout Honoka'a town. It was unknown if any occupants were at home at the time of the fire report. However, it was later determined the occupants of the resident had safely evacuated prior to emergency crews arriving on the scene.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews found heavy black smoke coming from the residence and immediately worked to make entry into the structure. Once entry was made, HFD crews made an offensive interior attack. Due to the heavy vegetation and split level construction, it was difficult for crews to quickly contain the fire. HFD crews were able to have the fire under control 10:30 am Sunday morning and immediately began salvage and overhauling operations shortly thereafter. The fire was declared fully extinguished 12:30 pm Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to quick efforts by HFD personnel, the fire was contained to the main residence structure and they were able to save a detached garage, a vehicle located inside the garage, and prevented further spread to nearby structures/residences.

The fire caused an estimated $146,250 in damage and fire remains under investigation.

Occupants of the residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

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