Fire causes damage to an apartment unit early Tuesday morning (March 10th) in Kaloko.
Published by: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Kailua-Kona) Section
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to report of a structure fire in an apartment unit in Kaloko early Tuesday morning (March 10th).
The initial call came in at 5:04 am Tuesday morning and HFD crews from the Makalei, Kailua, Keauhou, and Captain Cook Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, HFD Fire Prevention Bureau Inspector, and HPD officers from the Kona Patrol responded to the scene located at the Hale Kaloko Apartments at 73-1300 block of Onaona Drive in Kaloko.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, neighbors and occupants of the apartment building (described as a three-story apartment building) reported that smoke and flames were coming from a bottom floor unit and smoke was beginning to spread into the rest of the building. Occupants and other tenants were in the process of evacuating the building. Neighbors also noted that occupants of that unit were not present.
Once emergency crews arrived on the scene, they continued evacuating the rest of the building and work to make entry into the unit where smoke was reported to be coming from. Once HFD crews made entry into the unit and worked to extinguish the fire within the unit, which crews found a smoldering fire on top of a bed in the unit. HFD crews also completed a search of the unit and determined no occupants were in the unit at the time of the fire.
HFD crews had the fire under control at 5:25 am and began mop-up and overhauling operations to the unit involved. Crews had the fire fully extinguished just before 5:40 am Tuesday morning and continued with overhauling operations and turned the scene over HFD Fire Prevention Bureau Inspector, who began their investigation into the fire.
No injuries were reported and the American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist with residences/occupants affected by the fire. And the cause of the fire remains under investigation.