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Puna Information Update for November 19th, 2019

Fire damages a two-story residence in the Hawaiian Paradise Park Subdivision Monday evening (November 18th).

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a structure fire at a two-story residence in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision that occurred Monday evening (November 18th).

The initial call came in at 8:31 pm Monday evening and HFD crews from the Kea'au, Paradise Park, Pahoa, Waiakea, and Central Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and volunteers from Hawaiian Paradise Park responded to the scene located at the 15-1700 block of 15th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Upon the arrival of HFD crews, neighbors nearby reported a vacant two-story structure (described to be approximately 5,000 square feet in size) was fully engulfed in flames and slowly spreading to surrounding overgrown brush.

Once HFD units arrived on scene, they found the two-story residences fully engulfed in flames and immediately went into an offensive and defensive mode of attack to gain control of fire engulfing the large-sized dwelling and prevent further spread to overgrown brush near the structure. HFD crews encountered a few challenges while battling this structure fire:

  • Due to the limited water supply at the scene, 2 HFD Tankers (both 3,000-gallons) were utilized to shuttle water to the scene from a supply source located outside of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

  • Due to the size of the structure, It took HFD crews a bit of time to gain control of the fire and to also fully extinguish, requiring multiple fire teams and resources to complete overhaul operations throughout the interior of the structure.

HFD crews had the fire under control at 9:34 pm and the fire was declared fully extinguished at 11:21 pm Monday evening and crews were still on scene completing mop-up operations.

The scene was later turned over to Fire Inspectors from HFD's Prevention Bureau along with HPD officers and detectives as they began their investigation into the cause of the fire.

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