No injuries reported following 2 early morning fires in Puna and Kona

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Dilapidated structure in Puna burns to the ground on Jan. 11, 2024. (Photo courtesy: Hawai‘i Fire Department)

No injuries were reported after the Hawai‘i Fire Department responded to two fires early Thursday morning — the first in Puna and the other in Kona.

The first blaze was reported at 1:30 a.m. off of Kumukahi Street south of Leilani Estates. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found an abandoned structure engulfed in flames. They learned that the building was abandoned and there was no power hooked up.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


Hawai‘i Island police are investigating the second fire, a brush fire found burning in Kona at around 5:23 a.m. on an undeveloped lot at the 75-5700 block of Kuakini Highway.

When officers arrived on scene, they found flames, covering a 15-foot-by-15-foot area, reaching 6 to 8 feet high. Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the blaze.

No damages to property or injuries were reported and fire did not pose a threat to nearby businesses or residences.


A cause has not been determined. No photos were available for the brush fire.

Anyone with information regarding the brush fire is encouraged to contact Officer Sergie Marzan at the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311 or via email [email protected].

Big Island residents who wish to remain anonymous can make an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300 and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers does not record any calls or subscribe to caller ID.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a full-time reporter for Pacific Media Group. 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 can be reached at [email protected].
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