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Pahoa Information Update for March 25th, 2020

Fire destroys a residence in the Nanawale Estates Monday evening (March 25th).

Published By: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Kaumana) Section

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a residential structure fire in the Nanawale Estates subdivision in Pahoa, Puna Monday evening (March 25th).

The initial call came in 9:25 pm Monday evening and HFD crews from the Pahoa, Paradise Park, and Kea'au Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, volunteers from the Hawaiian Paradise Park and Ainaloa Stations, and HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the 14-3500 block of Shell Road in the Nanawale Estates subdivision.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, nearby residents reported a residence (described as a single-story family dwelling) was reported to be fully engulfed with fire coming from the roofline and visible glow in the surrounding area. Neighbors also reported hearing small explosions coming from the residence as well. The residence was reported to be unoccupied/abandoned at the time of the fire, which neighbors noted that the residence was known to be frequented by squatters.

Once emergency crews arrived, HFD personnel found the residence fully engulfed in flames and with heavy smoke showing. Crews immediately worked to gain control of the fire and prevent the fire from spreading. HFD crews had the fire under control at 9:43 pm Monday evening and immediately began overhauling and mop-up operations shortly thereafter. The fire was declared fully extinguished at 10:43 pm Monday evening and the scene was turned over to HPD officers and Fire Inspector from HFD's Fire Prevention Bureau to begin their investigation into cause and circumstances into the fire.

No injuries were reported to HFD crews or civilians.

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