The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a structure fire that occurred in the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision in Puna early Saturday morning (April 20th).
Initial call came in at 4:39 am and crews from the Pahoa, Paradise Park, and Kea'au Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 responded to the scene located at 15-2700 block of Opakapaka Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Upon the arrival of HFD crews, neighbors reported flames and smoke were coming out from the structure.
As crews arrived on scene, they discovered a single story structure with 75 percent of the structure was engulfed, visible flames coming from the front window, power lines arcing with sparks showering the front of the structure. HFD crews immediately began efforts to gain control of the fire and also did a search of the structure for any occupants.
Their search later determined that no occupants were in the structure and structure was vacant/abandoned. Crews continued their focus to gain control of the fire and had the fire under control at 5:23 am and declared the fire out at 5:56 am.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and caused an estimated of over $56,000 and with over $18,000 saved.