A small brush fire sparked at a known homeless encampment in Kailua-Kona, North Kona Wednesday evening (April 7th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a brush fire at a known homeless encampment off of Palani Road in Kailua-Kona, North Kona Wednesday evening (April 7th).
The initial call came at 9:24 pm Wednesday evening and HFD Crews from the Kailua and Makalei Fire Station along with HPD Officers responded to the scene located just mauka (mountainside) of the intersection of Palani Road with Ane Keohokalole Highway and Henry Street in Kailua-Kona.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came into HFD Dispatch reporting brush fire broke out near a homeless encampment off of Palani Road and the fire was spreading to trees and dry brush in the area.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews immediately work to extinguish the brush fire, which was contained to a small area (approximately 20'x20' area). Fire crews had the fire fully extinguished just before 9:40 pm Wednesday evening and commenced with wet-down and salvaging operations to personal belongings damaged in the fire.
HPD Officers temporarily blocked one lane of Palani Road while HFD crews worked to extinguished the fire.
No injuries were reported to bystanders or HFD crews. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.