One person killed in a fire that destroys a home in the Eden Roc subdivision in Mountain View early Wednesday morning (May 13th).
Published By: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) and Utah (St. George) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a structure fire in the Eden Roc subdivision in Mountain View, Puna early Wednesday morning (May 13th).
The initial call came in at 12:33 am Wednesday morning and HFD crews from the Kea'au, Volcano, Haihai, Pahoa (Tanker 10), and Central (Tanker 1) Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at 11-1700 block of Ahiukau Street in Eden Roc subdivision in Mountain View.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, surrounding residents reported a large glow in the area of Ahiukau Street. Neighbors reported the residence (described as a two-story family dwelling) was fully engulfed in flames with embers flying in the air. The fire was reported to be spreading into the forest surrounding the residence. It was reported to be abandoned at the time of the fire.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews found the structure had fully collapsed and crews worked to extinguish the remaining parts of the structure. Due to the limited water supply in Eden Roc, HFD crews utilized an Engine and a Tanker to haul water to the scene from a water supply source located outside of the subdivision.
The fire was declared under control at 1:10 am Wednesday morning and HFD crews commenced with overhaul and salvage operations of the structure. While overhaul operations were being completed, HFD crews discovered a deceased individual within the rubble and roofing material that collapsed.
Once the discovery was made, HPD along with HFD Fire Prevention Inspectors immediately began their investigation into the fire. It was noted that neighbors reported the abandoned home to be occupied by squatters.
The fire caused an estimated $249,400 in damage and structure was declared a total loss.