According to Maui Fire officials, at about 7:04 p.m. firefighters from Makawao were called to the course after reports of a fire on the driving range. When crews arrived minutes later, they found a cart in flames.
An attendant was gathering golf balls on the driving range when he smelled smoke. When he stopped to investigate, flames erupted from under the seat.
He was not injured and crews doused the fire quickly. Damage was estimated at $8,000.
At 5:44 p.m. Monday, firefighters from Lahaina and Napili were dispatched to what was initially called in as a fire to storage containers behind the Lahaina Aquatic Center on Shaw Street.
Upon arrival of Lahaina Engine 3, it was discovered that the fire was actually burning in an area of brush approximately 600 square feet located behind the Aquatic Center. Engine 3 was able to quickly contain the fire and it was called extinguished at 6:12 p.m. There were no injuries reported and the cause of this fire remains undetermined.
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.
Maui Fire Department investigators have determined that a house fire in Wailuku Sunday afternoon was caused by a mishap with a gas generator that was providing power to the structure. The house, at 60 Wilikona Place in Wailuku, was home to two people who safely evacuated.
The call came in Sunday at 4:38 p.m. MFD crews from Wailuku and Kahului were dispatched to a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, they observed flames erupting through the roof at the center of the 2,600 square-foot residential structure. They brought the fire under control by 5:30 p.m. and it was called extinguished shortly thereafter.
The fire damage to the structure was extensive with damages estimated at $300,000 to the structure and $50,000 to its contents. There were no injuries to report.
A storage building in Wailuku burned early this morning. Maui Fire Department’s Engine 1, Engine 10 and Rescue 10 were dispatched at 1:50 a.m. today. Engine 1 arrived on scene where a 16 by 20-foot storage building showed light gray smoke.
Engine 1 brought fire under control and cancelled all other responding units. Damages are estimated at $6,000 to the structure and $4,000 to it’s contents. The cause of this fire remains undetermined.
A Kahului woman is dead and the circumstances surrounding that death have caused Maui Police to open case of suspected murder in the Second Degree. The victim has been identified as 61 year-old Gail Otsuka of Kahului,
Friday morning, January 2, around 7:40 a.m., Wailuku Patrol Officers responded to a call from a man who reported smoke coming from a residence on Moloka’i Akau Street in Kahului. The caller said he had just come from the residence that belonged to his girlfriend and to the victim – the girlfriend’s aunt.
The caller said that he saw items smoldering near a stove. He said he also saw the victim lying motionless in a bedroom.
Officers were able to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher. They, too, observed the body of the victim deceased on a bed. Her injuries presented as “suspicious.”
Members of the MPD Criminal Investigation Division arrived soon and commenced their homicide investigation. The exact cause of Ms. Otsuka’s death will be determined from an autopsy.
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