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Volcano Information Update for April 6th, 2021

Fire damaged an abandoned residence in Volcano Village late Tuesday afternoon (April 6th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence in Volcano Village late Tuesday afternoon (April 6th).

The initial call came in at 4:56 pm Tuesday afternoon and HFD Crews from the Volcano, Kea'au, and Pāhoa Fire Stations along with Volunteers from the Volcano Village Station and HPD Officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located at the 19-3900 block of Ele Paio Road in Volcano Village.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, a report came into HFD Dispatch reporting a residence (being described as a single-story shack type dwelling approximately 20'x20' in size) was reported to fully engulfed in flames and heavy smoke coming from the roof of the structure. The residence was reported to be abandoned and unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Once emergency crews arrive at the scene, HFD crews had encountered a couple of challenges while working to extinguish this fire:

  • Access to the residence was difficult and required the use of a 4x4 Brush Truck to reach the structure and begin extinguishment. A water supply line was stretched from an engine on Ele Paio Road.

  • Another challenge was water supply at the scene was very limited and HFD Crews utilized a Tanker from the Pāhoa Fire Station and Engine from the Volcano Village Volunteer Fire Station to shuttle water to the scene from a water supply source outside of Volcano Village.

HFD crews were able to have the fire under control within 45 minutes of arriving at the scene and had all overhaul and mop-up operations completed just before 6:30 pm Tuesday evening.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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