Person dies in Eden Roc house fire

A person died in a house fire in an upper Puna subdivision early Wednesday.

According to a Hawaii Fire Department statement, 10 units responded to the 12:33 a.m. alarm with the first unit arriving at the Ahuikau Street home in Eden Roc subdivision at 12:57 a.m.

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Arriving firefighters found the house fully involved with the roof collapsed and fire spreading to nearby brush.

The fire was reported under control at 1:10 a.m. and extinguished at 3:30 a.m.

According to the statement, the body of the “deceased individual was discovered among the roofing material and the rubble.”

The victim wasn’t identified, nor was the gender of the individual.

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Neighbors told firefighters they believed the house was occupied by squatters, according to the statement.

Damage were estimated at $249,600, with no property value saved.

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