Fire damages residences in Volcano Village Sunday evening (November 17th).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to structure fire at residences in Volcano Village Sunday evening (November 17th).
The initial call came in at 7:19 pm Sunday evening and crews from the Volcano, Pahala, Kea'au, Pahoa, and Central Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and volunteers from Volcano Village responded to the scene located at the 99-2000 block Pukiawe Circle in Volcano Village.
Upon the arrival of HFD crews, guests arriving the residences, single-story structure and which is being used as a short-term vacation rental, noticed heavy smoke coming from the seams and window of the structure and immediately called 911.
Once HFD crews arrived on the scene, HFD personnel also noticed heavy smoke coming from the east side of the residences and gained access into the structure through a back door of the residences. HFD crews found the windows painted over with white paint and the household furniture piled up in the living room and in flames and worked to extinguish the fire. Crews were able to have the fire under control at 7:55 pm and began overhauling and salvaging operations. HFD crews had the fire fully extinguished at 8:00 pm.
The fire caused an estimated $57,000 in damage and crews were able to save estimate $170,775. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however, an arson investigation was opened/initiated due to the circumstances and findings found during the initial search.