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Pāhoa Information Update for October 19th, 2021

Arson investigation underway following a fire that damages a large-sized shed at Lava Tree State Park in Pāhoa, Puna early Tuesday morning (October 19th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a structure fire at Lava Tree State Park in Pāhoa, Puna early Tuesday morning (October 19th).

The initial call came in at 6:09 am and HFD Crews from the Pāhoa Fire Station along with Fire Prevention Bureau Inspectors and HPD Officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located with Lava Tree State Park.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, report of heavy black smoke coming from within Lava Tree State Park in Pāhoa. Upon further investigation by HPD Officers who made entry into the park later found a large-sized shed (described as a hollow tile structure) approximately 15'x20' in size fully engulfed in flames and awaited the arrival of HFD Crews.

Once HFD Crews arrived at the scene, they found smoldering fire with the roof still standing, however, the walls and also exterior of the structure were destroyed as a result of the fire. First arriving HFD Company immediately had the fire under control and canceled all additional resources following the discovery.

The cause of the fire was deemed suspicious and HFD Fire Prevention Inspector arrived at the scene along with HPD Officers began their investigation. No injuries were reported and the fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage.

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