Fire damages home in Pepe'ekeo early Saturday morning (December 28th)
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a structure fire in a residence in Pepe'ekeo early Saturday morning (December 28th).
The initial call came in at 5:02 am and HFD crews from the Central and Kaumana Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, volunteers from the Pepe'ekeo station, and HPD officers from the South Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located at the 28-2800 block of Ka'akepa Street in Pepe'ekeo.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, neighbors and also an occupant of the residence (residence being described as a single-story family dwelling) reported that the porch (or lanai area) of the residence was reported to be on fire and the occupant had safely evacuated and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.
Once emergency crews arrived on scene, HFD crews immediately worked to extinguish the fire, which crews were able to have the fire contained to the exterior lanai area. The fire was declared extinguished at 5:26 am and HFD crews commenced with overhaul operations and also checks for fire spread around and inside the residence.
The occupant of the residence had noted to HFD and HPD crews on scene, the fire may have been intentionally set and HFD Prevention Bureau Inspectors later arrived on scene to begin their investigation into the cause of the fire.