One person hospitalized and one home damaged following two apparent lightning strikes that occurred in the Puna district Thursday morning (October 1st).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HPD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to two weather-related emergency calls in the Puna district on Thursday morning (October 1st).
The first call came in at 6:26 am Thursday morning and HFD crews from the Pahoa Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the 15-2700 block of Honu Street in the Hawaiian Shores subdivision.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came into emergency crews for a report of a lightning strike to a residence on Honu Street and caused damaged to a wall in the residence. The occupant also noted a smell of smoke was throughout the residence following the apparent strike and power also went offline as well.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews conducted a safety assessment of the residence and check for any signs of fire, if any was sparked by the lightning strike. Also confirmed there was no power to the residence. No injuries were report related to this incident and the owner of the residence was arranging for repairs to be completed.
The second incident came in at 6:51 am Thursday morning and HFD crews from the Paradise Park Fire Station along with HPD officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the 15-2000 block of 32nd Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews reports came in that a person (described as a male in his 20's) was struck by lightning outside of a residence on 32nd Avenue. Following the strike, bystanders immediately began basic medical aid to the patient until emergency crews arrived at the scene. The male patient was reported to be conscious and awake following the apparent strike.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Medics immediately took over medical treatment of the male patient and later transported the male to the Hilo Medical Center in serious condition.