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Kona House Fire Causes $350K in Damage

September 12, 2015, 11:17 AM HST
* Updated September 12, 11:18 AM
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The Hawai’i County Fire Department responded to a Hookele Street house fire in Kona on Friday night.

Fire Fighters arrived on scene at about 9:28 p.m., where they found a two-story wooden multi-family home over 50 percent involved with flames and its roof collapsed.

The fire at the 4,500 square feet structure wasn’t fully extinguished until 5 a.m. Saturday. Fire personnel say that the extended length of the extinguishment was due to a lack of water availability.

Fire fighters use three attack lines with a water shuttle operation since there was no fire hydrant available to provide relief. In addition the home, located at the end of the roadway, was hard to access due to a one-lane concrete driveway.

HFD officials say that all the occupants of the home were able to exit on their own and did not sustain any injuries.

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Total loss is estimated to be $350,000. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

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American Red Cross Hawai’i volunteers were scheduled to meet with the affected family Saturday morning. Emergency needs, including food, shelter, and clothing, will be assessed and assisted with.

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