UPDATE: Crews battle structure fire in West Hawai‘i; no injuries reported
Update at 4:37 p.m. July 18: Big Island firefighters on Tuesday morning responded to a structure fire that consumed a residence and two vehicles and caused a portion of Māmalahoa Highway in Hōlualoa to be closed as fire personnel battled the blaze.
According to a report from the Hawai‘i Fire Department, firefighters arrived at the residence, located at 76-991 Kahako Place, by 10:50 a.m. and could see flames and heavy smoke, with the the 1,436-square-foot, two-story home and two vehicles fully engulfed. There were no occupants at the residence when firefighters arrived.
Three engines, a medic unit and several other fire units responded to the blaze, which was extinguished by just after noon. Once the fire was put out, salvage and overhaul operations commenced, along with investigation.
The last unit was back in quarters by 2:25 p.m. The Hawai‘i Police Department reported at about 3:30 p.m. that Highway 180 (Māmalahoa Highway) in Hōlualoa had reopened to traffic.
No injuries were reported. There was no damage estimate available.
Original story: A portion of Māmalahoa Highway in Hōlualoa is closed as Hawai‘i Fire crews battle a blaze that has consumed a residence and two vehicles.
Both lanes of the highway are closed a quarter mile north and south of Kahako Place. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes. It is unknown when the road will reopen at this time.
Footage, captured by Brian Inaba shows black smoke billowing toward blue sky. According to Inaba, the highway is also closed around Waiono Meadows Road.
This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.