Maui Fire investigators have confirmed that a refrigeration unit at Times Supermarket in Kihei exploded around 8:25 Wednesday evening. About 30 employees and customers were in the store when a loud explosion occurred – sending a white vapor cloud throughout and around the store. South Kihei Road was closed for about 30 minutes after the blast. Fire crews observed the white cloud upon arrival and noted that all customers and employees had voluntarily evacuated the store.
Maui Fire Department units from Kihei and Wailea were joined by the Hazmat crew from Kahului. Their initial suspicion was confirmed that a compressor running refrigeration units had exploded. The white vapor cloud was identified as R-22 refrigerant. Two employees complained of dizziness and shortness of breath. But there were no serious injuries and all refused transport to the hospital.
The store remained closed until 11 p.m. Wednesday. At that time, the doors reopened, and – after sufficient ventilation – repairs began on the compressor unit. The store is open this morning – but some “chilled areas” have been emptied until the compressor repairs are complete.
That house on Maui’s north shore that caught fire two times in four days is still the topic of investigation and observation – not to mention speculation.
Damages to the structure fire at 590 Kailana place in Pakakaulo on Monday January 6th have been estimated at $120,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.
The first first erupted Friday, driving all six of the home’s occupants out. The classification of this fire remains undetermined at this time. On current findings this fire appears most probable “accidental in nature”, according to police and fire investigators.
A Home in Paukukalo caught fire today – for the second time in four days. This afternoon at 1:44 p.m., Maui Fire Department units from Kahului, Wailuku and Kihei responded to a structure fire at 590 Kailana place in Paukakalo. Upon arrival fire fighters found a two story residential structure about 25 percent involved.
The Fire was located on the second floor of the rear side of the residence. Fire fighters were able to contain the fire to its origin. Fire was under control at 2 p.m. This is the same residence that caught on fire on Friday evening January 3rd that left six people homeless.
The fire is under investigation by police and fire investigators. Monetary damage to the structure and its contents has not been determined at this time.
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.
A fire in Ololwalu this morning destroyed a building that “wasn’t there.” An unpermitted structure mauka of Honoapi’ilani Highway was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived shortly before noon today.
At 11:41 a.m. today, Maui Fire Department’s Engine 3, Ladder 3 and Tanker 3 from Lahaina Station, and Engine 1 from Wailuku Station responded with Maui Police Department units to the Olowalu area near Mile post 16, for a report of a structure fire.
Fire crews arrived on scene at 11:56am and found the small (400 square foot) single-story structure fully involved. The structure, which was located on land owned by West Maui Land Company, was about 200 yards on the mountain side of the Honoapiilani Highway in an area of heavy brush. No other structures were present in the area, and the fire was contained to the presumed building of origin. The fire, reported by a passing motorist, was brought under control in approximately ten minutes and was declared extinguished a short time later. No one was in the structure at the time of the fire and there were no injuries to report.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and until more information can be acquired. There was no estimated fire loss due to the building being an un-permitted structure.
Two fires at Maui High School this morning appear to be arson. Two alarms were responded to by Maui Fire Department units – both coming in as structure fires.
At 5:32 a.m, Firefighters were dispatched to Maui High School, Building L. On arrival, crews found a 55 gallon drum tipped on its side, with approximately 15 gallons of used motor oil on the ground. The perpetrators tried to ignite the barrel with cardboard. The barrel, located about four feet away from the main entrance did not burn. The building did not sustain any damages.
Than at 7:02 a.m., Firefighters were dispatched to Maui High School again, this time it was Building Portable 1. The fire was extinguished prior to fire crew’s arrival. The fire was contained to the entrance of the portable. Damages to the structure were estimated at $5,000.00.
The cause of the fire was attributed to incendiary devices found at the scene. Maui Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating. No injuries were reported.
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