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Puna Information Update for November 17th, 2020

Fire destroys a residence in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision late Monday evening (November 16th).

Published By: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) and Utah (Ogden) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence on 22nd Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park (HPP) subdivision late Monday evening (November 16th).

The initial call came in at 10:59 pm Monday evening and HFD crews from the Paradise Park, Kea'au, and Pahoa Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, HFD Fire Inspector, volunteers from the Hawaiian Paradise Park station, and HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at 15-1300 block of 22nd Avenue (or Naniali'i Avenue) in HPP.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from neighbors reporting a residence (described as a 1,000 square foot single-story family dwelling) was reported to be fully engulfed in flames and fire had spread to two vehicles on the property. Reporting parties were not immediately able to confirm if the residents of the structure had safely evacuated and awaited the arrival of emergency crews.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD personnel immediately found the structure and two vehicles on the property fully engulfed in flames and worked to gain control of the fire and prevent further spread. Down electrical line to the residence caused a hazard to HFD crews, however, was quickly mitigated by a HECO Troubleshooter. At 11:43 pm Monday evening, HFD crews declared the fire under control/out and immediately commenced with overhaul operations shortly thereafter, which was completed just after 12:10 am Tuesday evening (November 17th).

HFD Fire Inspector later arrived at the scene and began an investigation into the cause of the fire, which caused extensive damage to the residence, and only portions of the structure remaining intact/standing following extinguishment.

HPD Officers at the scene further investigate the report of possible occupants and later confirmed the residence was known for squatters and no one was inside the residence at the time of the fire.

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