WAIHEE – At 9:22 a.m. Sunday, March 1, Wailuku and Kahului firefighters responded to a structure fire at 2594 Kahekili Highway in Waihee. An area resident called it in after seeing the smoke.
Firefighters arrived at 9:32 a.m. but could not make access down the narrow dirt road leading to the home. They left the fire truck on the highway and had to walk in about 400 yards. Crews found a section of the 1,800 square foot home had caught fire and nearly burned itself out. Firefighters used the homes’ garden hose and a portable water extinguisher to douse the smoldering fire.
The single-story wooden structure was still under construction and had not yet been occupied. Monetary damages to the structure were estimated at $15,000. Cause of the fire is being investigated as arson.
The report released to the media was delayed by a network failure, according to Acting Fire Services Officer, Edward Taomoto.