Several residents displaced following a residential structure fire that damages a residence in Na'alehu late Wednesday evening (December 23rd).
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 residential structure fire on Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11) in Na'alehu late Wednesday evening (December 23rd).
The initial call came in at 11:44 pm Wednesday evening and HFD Crews from the Pahala and Na'alehu Fire Station along with Volunteers from the Na'alehu Station and HPD Officers from the Ka'ū Patrol responded to the scene located at 95-5500 block of Highway 11 near the 63-mile marker located on Pohaku Road in Na'alehu.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came that a residence (described as a single-story family dwelling with approximately 3 bedrooms) was reported to be fully engulfed and occupants of the residence had safely evacuated prior to the call for help was received.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately worked to gain control of the fire, which at the time of arrival had engulfed over 50 percent of the residence. HFD crews had declared the fire under control at 12:13 am Thursday morning (December 24th) and immediately began an overhaul and salvage operations.
Several occupants, uninjured, were displaced following the fire and was working to make contact with the American Red Cross (ARC) to assist with getting services and shelter to the affected residents following the fire.
As a precaution, HPD Officers had closed the northbound lane of Highway 11 near the 63-mile marker while HFD crews worked in the area to gain control and extinguish the fire.
No injuries to HFD crews and cause of the fire remains under investigation.