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Fire Caused by Candle Destroys Puna Home

February 13, 2013, 9:41 AM HST
* Updated February 13, 9:42 AM
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A house in the Black Sands Beach subdivision off the Pahoa-Kalapana Road (Highway 130) was destroyed early today by a fire caused by an unattended candle.

According to a statement from the Pahoa fire station, firefighters responding to a 3:22 a.m. call found the home fully engulfed in flames with the roof collapsed.

One of the home’s four occupants, a 31-year-old woman, sustained second-degree burns to her hands while trying to leave the building and was transported to Hilo Medical Center in stable condition. The other three, the woman who owns the home, a man and a toddler, exited safely.

The building at 12-4321 Kona Street, described as a 140-square-foot metal shed with a wooden subfloor, was completely destroyed by the fire. It was valued at $20,000.

It took nine firefighters about a half-hour to extinguish the blaze.

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