Body found following a fire that damages a residence in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna Tuesday evening (July 8th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo and Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a residential structure fire in the Hawaiian Paradise Park (HPP) subdivision in Puna Tuesday evening.
The initial call came in at 5:36 pm Tuesday evening and HFD crews from the Paradise Park and Pahoa Fire Station along with Battalion 1, volunteers from the Hawaiian Paradise Park Station, Fire Prevention Inspectors, and HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the 15-1900 block of 12th Avenue in HPP.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, surrounding residents report heavy black smoke with visible flames coming from the structure (described as a single-story shack-like structure), and explosions were heard. It was not immediately known if any occupants were in the structure at the time of the fire.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews found the structure fully engulfed in flames and immediately worked to gain control of the fire and prevent further spread. HFD crews had the fire under control at 5:49 pm and began salvage/overhaul operations immediately thereafter.
Upon further investigation during overhaul operations, crews made the discovery of a body (details on the body found was not disclosed and awaiting positive identification by Medical Examiner) within the rubble of the structure, and HPD officers and HFD Fire Prevention Inspectors immediately began an investigation to the cause and circumstances into the fire.