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Kalopa Information Update for September 5th, 2020

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

One person seriously injured following a structure fire at a residence in Kalopa Mauka late Friday evening (September 4th).

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 structure fire at a residence in Kalopa Mauka late Friday evening (September 4th).

The initial call came in 11:42 pm Friday evening and HFD crews from the Honoka'a, Laupahoehoe, and Waimea 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 44-2900 block of Kalopa Mauka Road in Hamakua.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came in from throughout the Kalopa Mauka area (including the occupant of the residence) reporting a residence (described as a single-story family dwelling, approximately 600 square feet in size) fully engulfed with flames visible from Highway 19 (Mamalahoa Highway). The sole occupant of the structure (described as female in her 60's) had safely evacuated and suffered injuries as a result of the fire.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews found a fully engulfed structure and immediately went into a defensive fire attack mode to contain the fire and prevent further spread to the forest area near the structure. HFD Medics also began a medical assessment of the female occupant of the residence and later transported her to the North Hawaii Community Hospital in serious condition.

HFD crews encountered few challenges while working to extinguish the fire:

  • Access to the structure required the use of a 4x4 Brush Truck and Tanker and HFD crews utilized those units for the frontline attack.

  • Due to limited water supply in the area, HFD crews utilized the engines at the scene to shuttle water from between a water supply source at the bottom of Kalopa Mauka Road to the scene, where they relayed to the frontline units.

HFD crews had the fire under control/contained at 12:51 am Saturday morning (September 5th) and were still on scene working to extinguish active burning areas/complete mop-up operations.

No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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