Wailuku firefighters arrived at 11:21 a.m. and saw smoke coming from the rear portion of the single-story residence. Crews found a room towards the back of the home on fire and were able to contain it to the room of origin four minutes later. It was called extinguished at 12:50 p.m.
A female occupant was home at the time and smelled smoke in the house. She evacuated the home after walking into a room used as a business office and finding the air conditioning unit on fire. Two people occupied the home and have been temporarily displaced. They are being assisted by friends and neighbors.
Cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damages were estimated at $50,000 to the structure and $20,000 to its contents. There were no injuries.
Three fire crews from Wailuku and Kahului responded to the incident.
Less than two hours later, at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to a brush fire on Lipoa Parkway, near the Maui High Tech Park, in Kihei. Kihei firefighters arrived at 1:10 p.m. and found about a half-acre of grass on fire. Workers from Goodfellow Brothers Construction were cutting a firebreak around the fire with a front loader and containing the fire spread with a water truck. They happened to be nearby when the fire started and quickly jumped into action. The fire was contained five minutes later and called extinguished at 2:05 p.m.
Cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. Workers were dismantling old photovoltaic panels when they accidentally started the fire. When workers lifted a special magnifying lens used in the panels from the ground, it immediately set the grass on fire. A slight breeze quickly fanned the flames and it got away from workers.
Luckily, a construction crew from Goodfellow Brothers was nearby to assist. No were no injuries or structures damaged. Crews from Kihei and Wailea responded to the incident.
An otherwise quiet afternoon fired up again in the evening. At about 7:21 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to a structure fire on Ulupua Place, in Spreckelsville.
Paia firefighters arrived at 7:26 p.m. and saw flames and smoke coming from the garage area of the single-story residence. Crews had the fire under control by 8:03 p.m., and contained it to the garage area of the home. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours completing extinguishment operations.
A female occupant was at home when the fire broke out. She smelled smoke and heard popping sounds coming from the garage. That’s when she called 911 and evacuated the home. Two other people living in the home were at a next door neighbor’s house at the time. Three people have been temporarily displaced and are staying with neighbors.
Cause of the fire is yet unknown, as fire investigators are still on scene investigating. Damages are unavailable at this time. There were no injuries or damages to neighboring structures.
Five fire companies and a water tanker from Paia, Kahului, Makawao, and Wailuku responded to the incident.