Car Fire Briefly Halts Traffic on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway

October 6, 2020, 3:10 PM HST (Updated October 6, 2020, 3:36 PM)
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Traffic on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway was briefly stopped this afternoon due to smoke from a car fire near the Koloko-Honokōhau Historical National Park.

Hawai‘i Police Department responded to the incident at approximately 12:13 p.m. According to authorities, a fire in the back of a hybrid 2009 Toyota Camry by the batteries started while a female was traveling along the highway.

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The blaze also started a small brush fire, which was quickly put out.

There were two occupants in the vehicle at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Keefe Lerma captured video of a car fire, which showed heavy smoke billowing toward the highway.

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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