After a heavy downpour strafed south Maui, a house fire claimed the life on an elderly woman this morning.
MauiWatch viewers provided pictures of the initial scene around 5:45 a.m. today. The house was a two-story structure on Kanani Road between South Kihei Road and Pi’ilani Highway. The fire was called under control by 7:02 a.m. That’s when investigators say they found the body of an elderly woman inside.
Fire crews from Engine-6 out of Kīhei, arrived on the scene to find the house already 50 percent involved in flames, according to Capt. Kris Sakamoto. He said the structure was a total loss. Other units responding to the scene included: Engine-14, Ladder-14, and Tanker-14 from Wailea; and Engine-10, Rescue-10, and Hazmat-10 out of Kahului.
An investigation has begun into the cause of the fire.