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.
KAHULUI – If it seemed like you heard sirens nearly non-stop this weekend – close. Maui Fire Department crews were moving at an almost frenetic pace dousing blazes, protecting lives and saving property.
Here, prepared by Capt. Edward Taomoto, Fire Services Officer, is a snapshot of brush fires or structure fires that Maui Fire Department responded to between 7:30 a.m. July 4, and 7:30 a.m. July 5:
Of the 10 fire calls, at least half were likely sparked by children and fireworks. Luckily our MFD heroes were on the spot preventing injury and loss of life and property.
According to FSO Edward Taomoto, at 1:19 p.m. Friday afternoon, emergency responders were called to a leaking propane storage tank on Lower Main Street, in Wailuku. When Wailuku firefighters arrived at 1:25 p.m., a loud whistling sound was heard coming from a 1,150 gallon propane tank to the rear of Nakamura Mortuary. Lower Main Street was closed for a brief time between Waena Street and Puaala Place. Kawaipuna Place and Nakila Place, off of Lower Main, were also closed to traffic.
A hazardous materials team from Kahului was brought in to take atmospheric readings and determine if there were any flammability hazards. They concluded the area was safe to enter and there was no danger of the gas exploding. Lower Main Street was reopened 30 minutes later.
The HazMat team, along with the owner of the tank, Maui Gas Service, determined that a pressure relief valve properly opened in order to relieve mounting gas pressure most likely caused by Friday’s unusually high temperatures. However, the relief valve failed to re-close after internal pressures dropped to safe levels, so Maui Gas Service workers unloaded the remaining propane into a mobile tank truck.
When the HazMat crew left the scene at 5:47 p.m., Maui Gas Service planned on burning off the remaining flammable vapors so repairs on the stuck valve could be made.
Makawao firefighters were on scene at 11:56 and found two separate fires at the “Y” of the Old Haleakala Highway and the new bypass. One was on the north side of Haleakala bypass and the other was on the south side.
The Makawao crew managed to contain the southern fire, which was most at risk of running away with the wind. That fire burned about 1,500 square feet. At 12:02 a.m., the Kula crew arrived and contained the fire on the north side of Haleakala bypass. That fire burned about 2,000 square feet. Both fires were extinguished by 12:35 a.m. Tuesday morning.
There were no witnesses, and circumstances surrounding the fire’s start appear suspicious. Cause of the fire was undetermined.
PIIHOLO, MAUI – At 4:23 p.m. Monday afternoon, fire crews responded to a reported brush fire in the Pi’iholo area of Upcountry Maui. Investigators have determined that the cause was downed power lines.
Makawao firefighters arrived just 11 minutes later and found lots a smoke and a slow moving grass fire within a pasture along Pi’iholo Road, just above Waiahiwi Road. Once crews made access into the pasture, they found power lines down in the fire area.
Around two acres of grass were burned. Crews called the fire contained at 4:57 p.m. and extinguished 30 minutes later. A spokesperson for Maui Electric Company says their investigation has not yet determined how the lines came down. Area residents have suggested overgrown trees near the lines should have been trimmed – preventing such blazes.
Paia firefighters arrived at 5:12 p.m. and found brush and trash burning along Hahana Road, about a half-mile makai of Hana Highway. The fire was called contained at 5:52 p.m. and extinguished at 7:41 p.m.
The fire burned about two acres in an area where people have been dumping household trash. There were no injuries or structures threatened. Cause of the fire was undetermined.
Crews from Paia, Makawao, and Kahului responded to the incident.
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