Fire Destroys 2 Structures in Puna

February 5, 2020, 8:01 AM HST (Updated February 5, 2020, 8:08 AM)
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No injuries were reported after a two structures in the Puna District were destroyed in fires Tuesday.

The fires were 11 miles away from each other with one in Mountain View and the other in Eden Roc. Both blazes are currently under investigation.

Hawai‘i Fire Department responded to the first fire in Mountain View, located at 11-2956 Pikake Street, after receiving a report of a structure at 2:29 p.m.

Upon arrival crews found a single story structure, approximately 20 feet by 30 feet, fully involved and collapsed with metal roofing covering spot fires. Off to the side, a single passenger SUV was also fully involved. Flames extended to the surrounding brush.

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As units arrived on scene, fire was knocked down and overhaul of the structure and vehicle began. Officials say the property had two dwellings, with the other dwelling having burned to the ground approximately two weeks ago. No injuries were reported and no known occupants were displaced.

Loss is estimated at $60,000.

Crews responded to a second structure fire in Eden Roc, located at 11-1864 Kolea Street. Firefighters received the initial call at 8:19 p.m. When they arrived on scene they found a 1,280-square-foot dwelling fully involved in flames with a collapsed roof.

Initial actions included exterior defensive tactics as a nearby structure was of primary exposure concern. All occupants were out of structure.

The blaze was under control in about 20 minutes after engine companies arrived. The flames were contained to the structure of origin. Overhaul took several more hours.

No occupants or firefighters were injured in this incident. Three engine companies and two tankers responded to the scene as well as 10 firefighters.

Loss is estimated at $160,000.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat. Tiffany is an award-winning journalist, receiving recognition from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Tiffany grew up on the Big Island and is passionate about telling the community’s stories.

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