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Puna Information Update for July 8th, 2020

Fire damages a residence in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision Wednesday morning (July 8th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a residential structure fire in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision Wednesday morning (July 8th).

The initial call came in at 9:06 am Wednesday morning and HFD crews from the Pahoa, Kea'au, Paradise Park, and Haihai Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the 15-2700 Block of Opakapaka Street in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision in Puna.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous neighbors reported a residence (described as a two-story single-family dwelling) was reported to be fully engulfed in flames with smoke visible throughout the subdivision.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found a two-story residence fully engulfed in flames and HFD crews immediately worked to gain control of the fire. Crews were able to later determine after initial size-up that residence windows and doors were boarded up and appeared to be unoccupied. HFD crews had the fire under control at 9:50 am and later declared the fire out at 10:30 am. However, crews were still on scene completing salvaging and mop-up operations.

The scene was later turned over HFD Fire Prevention Inspectors and HPD officers, who immediately began an investigation into the cause of the fire.

The fire caused an estimated $140,900 in damage with $28,000 saved. No injuries were reported.

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