Fire damages Hilo home

A fire damaged a two-story home Thursday evening on Kawailani Street between Kinoole Street and Kimo Place in Hilo.

According to a Hawaii Fire Department media release, eight units responded to the 8:10 p.m. alarm.


The first unit arrived seven minutes later, to find the second story 25% to 30% involved in flames with heavy smoke throughout the top floor and coming out of the bedroom window.

The fire was brought under control at 8:52 p.m. and extinguished at 9:18 p.m.

Two residents self-evacuated to a neighboring property and no injuries were reported.

There were no damage estimates provided and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A portion of Kawailani Street was closed by police, and traffic was re-routed to Haihai and Puainako streets.

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