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Kailua-Kona Information Update for March 18th, 2021

Fire damages washing machine equipment at a business in the Old Kona Industrial area in Kailua-Kona early Thursday morning (March 18th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Kailua-Kona) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a fire alarm sounding at a business in Old Kona Industrial Area in Kailua-Kona early Thursday morning (March 18th).

The initial call came in at 12:38 am Thursday morning and HFD Crews from the Kailua-Kona Fire Station along with HPD Officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located at the 74-5500 block of Luhia Street in Kailua-Kona.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a report came in from the owner of a laundry business reporting smoke was visible on a security camera located within the business, but unable to locate the source of the fire using the security camera system and activated 911 prior to responding to the business to investigate. Smoke also triggered a fire alarm located within the business complex.

Once emergency crews arrive at the scene, HFD personnel conducted an exterior check of the business complex prior to making forcible entry into the business, then conducting an interior investigation of the business. Upon further investigation, they found a fire located within the washing room in a washing machine and worked to extinguished the fire.

HFD crews had the fire extinguished at 1:16 am Thursday morning and conducted a further check to ensure the fire didn't spread further into the structure. However, the fire was contained in the washing machine.

No injuries were reported to HFD personnel and bystanders. The cause of the remains unknown at this time.

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