HFD credits volunteer firefighters for quick response to structure fire

  • Responding to the 2:47 p.m. report, Hawaii County and volunteer firefighters arrived at 94-5755 Au Moku Place in the Discovery Harbor subdivision near Naahelu to find a 1,475-square-foot dwelling with flames visible from half of the structure, according to the Hawaii Fire Department, which noted that a portion of the home’s roof had collapsed. (Image capture from Google Earth)

KAILUA-KONA — Fire investigators are probing the cause of a structure fire Tuesday that damaged two homes in Discovery Harbor in Ka‘u.

Responding to the 2:47 p.m. report, Hawaii County and volunteer firefighters arrived at 94-5755 Au Moku Place in the Discovery Harbor subdivision near Naahelu to find a 1,475-square-foot dwelling with flames visible from half of the structure, according to the Hawaii Fire Department, which noted that a portion of the home’s roof had collapsed.

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The volunteer company, identified as 11-Charlie out of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, was the first on scene to find the fire impinging on a dwelling less than 20 feet away, according to the department. The firefighters quickly worked on exposure control to keep the fire from spreading until county crews arrived on scene.

Once the county firefighters from three different engine companies arrived, the fire was under control within 17 minutes. The fire was declared out at 4:35 p.m.

“Due to the remote location of the subdivision and far distance from any fire stations, the HFD volunteers were key in saving the adjoining home from no more than superficial damage,” the department wrote in a media release.

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No occupants were in either structure at the time of the fire’s report, the department said. No injuries were reported.

Damage to the single-story wooden structure that has a pool on the property was estimated at $221,250. The department said that damage to the nearby home was “superficial.”

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