KAHULUI – Maui Fire Department investigators poring over a house fire that left 11 people with no home Monday say they have no indicators at this point that the fire was caused by arson.
At 11:16 a.m. Monday morning firefighters responded to a two-alarm residential structure fire on Kea St. in Kahului. Kahului firefighters arrived at 11:23 a.m. and found the single-story residence on Kea St. fully engulfed by flames. Fire crews went to a defensive strategy and began protecting neighboring homes from igniting. The home next door caught on fire but firefighters were able to stop it before it spread.
Initial arriving police officers were able to free a woman trapped in the backyard by the heat and flames. They broke through a neighbor’s fence to rescue her. She escaped without injuries.
The woman and two other adults were home at the time the fire broke out. It’s still unknown what started the blaze and remains under investigation. The Red Cross assisted the occupants that included six adults and five children displaced by the fire.
Damages were estimated at $500,000 to the structure and $100,000 to contents. A neighboring home sustained minor exterior damages estimated at $10,000. No injuries were reported.
Fire crews from Wailuku, Paia, Makawao, Kihei and Wailea also responded.