Puna Information Update for June 15th, 2021
Fire destroys a residence in the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision in Puna Tuesday morning (June 15th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) 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 Beaches Subdivision in Puna Tuesday morning (June 15th).
The initial call came in at 9:48 am Tuesday morning and HFD Crews from the Pāhoa, Paradise Park, and Kea'au Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, Fire Prevention Bureau Inspectors, and HPD Officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the 15-2800 block of Lai Street in Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from nearby residents reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the residence (described as a single-story family dwelling on an 8' high post and pier construction approximately 30'x40' in size) located on Lai Street in the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision. The residence involved was reported to be unoccupied and known to be frequented by squatters.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews found the residence approximately 95% involved with flames visible spreading to heavy brush and trees surrounding the residence. Initially, crews had difficulty accessing the residences due to an overgrown/unkept yard fronting the residence and also height as well. HFD crews worked to extinguish from a defensive fire mode and also work to protect a residential structure located to the rear of the residence involved.
HFD crews had the fire under control just after 10:15 am and the fire was declared fully extinguished at 11:30 am late Tuesday morning.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.