PULEHU, Maui – Roughly 10 acres of sugar cane burned early this morning after a vehicle fire spread to nearby cane.
At about 5:10 am today, emergency dispatchers received a call for a large brush fire near the Pulehu Road and Omaopio Road junction. Kula firefighters arrived at 5:27 am and found about two acres of sugar cane burning a half-mile above the Pulehu Road and Omaopio Road junction. Strong 20-25 mph southerly Kona winds fanned the flames, making it difficult for firefighters and Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar (HC&S) crews to gain control of the fire.
Omaopio and Pulehu Roads were closed for a brief time due to heavy smoke and unsafe driving conditions. Engine 10, Tanker 10, and a Battalion Chief from Kahului fire station also responded.
When fire crews left the scene at 8:30 am, about 10 acres had been burned and HC&S workers took over extinguish operations. Investigation found a completely burned vehicle in the cane field. The vehicle fire was determined to be the probable cause of the unscheduled cane burn. No structures were threatened and no dollar loss to sugar cane was available.
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.
Maui County Fire and Rescue crews have confirmed that a small airplane has gone down near Halawa Falls at the 3,000 foot elevation. There are a confirmed four people on board – but no word yet on their condition. Maui Department Engines 4, 9 and 12, Rescue 10 and Air 1 have responded. Maui Medevac 1 also has a unit on the scene and the Coast Guard has since recalled an aircraft scrambled earlier.
Further details will be provided as soon as they are available. Click to read the report from the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
The quiet still of a chilly Haiku night erupted in flames and sirens when Maui Fire Department crews from Pa’ia, Makawao and Kahului were called to a structure fire at 180 Kahiapo Place.
Upon arrival after the 3:42 a.m. report, fire crews discovered a two-story, single-family residential structure on fire. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the structure of origin, however the structure was a total loss. A second house on the property suffered some minor damage to its exterior.
There were three occupants and all of them were able to evacuate the house safely. They are being assisted by Red Cross at this time. The cause of the fire has been classified as accidental with fire damages estimated at $300,000. There were no injuries to report.
While shutters rattled and rain gutters were pushed to their limits overnight during a powerful storm, Maui first responders were busy across the island. Capt. Paul Haake gave Maui TV News this rundown of significant calls to which Maui Fire Fighters responded since Friday afternoon. He identified “basic calls” as those immediately storm-related, including hazards created by downed trees and electric lines, power outages and heavy rain. Here’s how Maui’s stations responded:
There were also significant emergencies requiring the assistance of Fire and Rescue squads:
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