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Fire Damages Macnut Factory in Captain Cook

September 24, 2012, 1:38 PM HST
* Updated September 24, 1:40 PM
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The Hawaii Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that did an estimated $80,000 in damage Sunday to the Hawaiian Host macadamia nut factory in Captain Cook.

Firefighters responding to the scene at 5:30 p.m. found white smoke coming from the vents and eves of the “sampling room” on the first floor of the two-story metal warehouse.

All of the employees had evacuated the building when firefighters arrived.

The fire was contained to a small room containing two macnut roaster ovens, according to Capt. Winstin Takamoto of the Captain Cook fire station.

It took eight firefighters about 10 minutes and 150 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.

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No one was injured.

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