UPDATE: House Fire Results in Four-Hour Closure of Kalanianaole
***Updated at 6:30 p.m.***
A house fire on Kalanianaole Avenue resulted in the blocking of the only road into Keaukaha for four hours this morning.
Firefighters responding to an 8:20 a.m. alarm found the home fully engulfed in flames, with nearby shrubbery also ablaze.
Because of a narrow driveway and fallen tree, firefighters were unable to drive to the home located 225 feet from the street and had to deploy a large hose known as a “blitz” line to fight the blaze.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Police set up a roadblocks on the eastern side of Kealoha Beach Park and near Richardson’s Beach Park to prevent interference with the fire crews.
Police said the road was reopened at 12:30 p.m.
Posted at 1:46 p.m.:
Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo has been reopened, police reported at 1:37 p.m. today.
The coastal roadway in Keaukaha was closed this morning to allow crews to battle a house fire.
Posted at 9:35 a.m.:
Hilo police this morning closed Kalanianaole Avenue in Keaukaha to allow fire crews to fight a fire that apparently destroyed a home and set surrounding brush on fire.
The road was initially closed in both directions from near Kealoha Beach Park, also known as “4 Miles,” to Richardson Beach Park.
Police were not allowing any east-bound traffic past Kealoha Beach Park. No alternate routes were available into the area.
The closure notice was issued at 8:47 a.m. and was expected to be in effect for approximately an hour.
“It’s the most excitement we’ve had down here in a long time,” a resident living near the fire location told Big Island Now.