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Kea'au Information Update for October 26th, 2019

HFD crews kept busy at business/industrial fire in the Shipman Industrial Area that started Friday evening (October 25th).

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to an industrial fire at a business located in the Shipman Industrial Area in Kea'au that started Friday evening (October 25th).

The initial call came in just at 6:30 pm Friday evening and crews from the Kea'au, Haihai, Central, & Pahoa Fire Stations responded to the scene located at 16-600 Block of Kipimana Street in the Shipman Industrial Area, Kea'au.

Upon the arrival of HFD crews, personnel at an industrial recycling business reported a vehicle crusher located in a gravel lot behind the business had caught fire and workers on duty were working to extinguish the fire and prevent it from further spreading.

Once on scene, HFD crews immediately went into a defensive mode and also work to prevent further spread to a nearby scrap metal pile and also surrounding brush located near the vehicle crusher.

Due to limited water supply at the scene, HFD crews utilized Tanker 1 (3,000-gallon tanker) to shuttle water to the scene from a water supply down the road from the business. Due to materials involved in the fire, HFD crews took health precautions and also safety precautions to prevent a larger-scale incident from occurring.

HFD crews had the fire under control just before 9:00 pm and at last check at 11:30 pm Friday evening, a handful of HFD crews were still on scene, monitoring for any flare-ups and hotspots.

No injuries were reported and fire remains under investigation.

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