After a harrowing plunge down a northwest Maui cliff Wednesday, a 73 year-old woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
At 3:36 p.m., Maui Fire Department’s Engine 10 and Rescue 10 were dispatched to a call at Makamakaole gulch, 10800 Kahekili Highway. A white Lexus sedan with a 73 year-old female driver, failed to make a turn on the Kahakuloa side of Makamakaole gulch. Her vehicle went down a 20 to 30 foot cliff and landed on its wheels on a resident’s drive way.
Fire crews arrived as Medic 1 was tending to the female, who was laying on the ground next to the vehicle. Fire personnel assisted medics and secured the female and carried her to the ambulance. The patient was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. Her condition was unavailable.
The owner of a mobile home in Lahaina took part in the investigation of a fire that nearly destroyed his home Wednesday. Maui Fire Department units from Lahaina’s E-3 and L-3 firefighters responded to a structure fire on Kai Hele Ku Street at 3:16 p.m., Wednesday. Crews arrived to find a 400 square foot trailer home fully engulfed in flames.
The fire was brought under control at 4:03 p.m. and called extinguished at 4:40 p.m. No one was home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported and damages were estimated to be $10,000.00 to the structure and $30,000.00 for the contents. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The lone occupant of the trailer arrived home and assisted with the investigation. Red cross assistance was offered, but the occupant declined any help.
By Jeff King
High winds that followed Sunday’s rain events kept Maui lifeguards and Maui Fire Department first responders busy as unwary oceangoers tempted fate in Kihei. Not just once – but twice.
The Maui Fire Department – Kihei’s Engine Company 6 and Ocean Safety’s Rescue Watercraft JS-6 responded to both ocean calls. Fronting Maui Beach Resort 515 S. Kihei Rd. at 11:18 a.m., a woman in her 20′s from Lahaina chose the blustery day to try stand-up paddling for the first time. The gusty winds kept knocking her down while they pushed her toward Kaho’olawe. Ocean Safety’s Rescue Watercraft JS-6 picked her up about 400 yard off shore and towed her to shore, no medical attention needed.
Two hours later, off Waipuilani park in front of the Maui Sunset Resort, 41 year-old male wind surfer broke his rig. The man tried to make it back to shore – with his equipment and was paddling for over an hour trying to make it in. Ocean safety’s Rescue Watercraft, the same JS-6, picked him up about 800 yards off shore and brought him to shore. No medical attention was needed, but the man was very tired.
Maui’s first responders to the rescue – again.
By Capt. Lee Mainaga, MFD
WAILUKU – Maui County Dept of Fire and Public Safety is proud to announce that it has hit their goal of 500 alarms installed in Maui County homes by the Smoke Alarm Maui program (SAM). Between the Maui Fire Dept. (MFD) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) it took going into 115 homes and working with 115 families to get this feat accomplished.
SAM covered homes on all three islands, Maui, Molokai and Lanai. We installed in 27 homes on Molokai and 4 on Lanai. The MFD putting in 230 hours on working the Fire Safety Education with families by completing a home safety survey as well as teaching them about making home escape plans, considerations for fire and life safety and how to maintain the smoke alarms that were installed. The IBEW spent more than 178 man hours accompanying us to 56 homes to assist with the installation.
The journey began July 5th with a grant awarded by Assistance to Fire Fighters Public Education Grant. They awarded $10,000 to MFD to initiate the program to purchase the alarms through Lowes Kahului. After a slight delay to start getting the paperwork in order we began installation on Jan 12, 2013 of the initial 7 homes with the first home belonging to Rufina Peralta of Waikapu. We installed 4 smoke alarms in her home to protect her family, a daughter and two grandchildren.
We hit our 500 mark with the installation of 4 smoke alarms in the home of Chrisanta Cabrera of Kahului on Oct 28, 2013. They were very grateful and happy to be the 500th alarm recipients. Her Daughter Frances Nelson or as I know her “Fran” from Maui County FCU wrote “This program is such a blessing…my moms house was long overdue to have those installed”. “Thank you for giving our family peace of mind by installing those alarms”.
We have even better news…we have received more alarms! Through a grant of smoke alarms through Home Depot, the State Fire Council that includes our Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray, donated another 500 alarms. We are happy to be able to continue to offer this program to our community. Applications will still be available at Kaunoa Senior center in Kuau, Office on Aging and MEO Offices at CameronCenter in Wailuku. Applications also available at all county fire stations and online at www.mauicounty.gov/fireprevention.
Chief Murray said “The Maui Fire Department is proud to have reached and helped so many in our community. Smoke alarms provide an early warning of fire, giving you and your family more time to safely evacuate your home. With the continued assistance of the IBEW, we look forward to the installation of the next round of smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives – anyone qualified can apply for the SAM program. Best of all, it’s free!”
As always the Dept of Fire and Public Safety would encourage all residence to practice fire safety at all times by making and practicing fire escape plans with your families and installing smoke alarms and testing them regularly. If you have any questions about fire safety or want more information on how to apply for you or your family members check out our website www.mauicounty.gov/fireprevention or contact Inspector Kapono Stupplebeen at 244-9161 ext 27.
UPDATE: As of 11:45 a.m., The K-Mart in Kahului has reopened after a bomb threat was received earlier today. Walgreens in Kahului remains under Police watch until any threat has been eliminated. The phoned-in threat to Walgreens followed the call to K-Mark by just a few minutes. Maui Police have opened an investigation
K-Mart has reportedly been evacuated after a phoned-in bomb threat.
According to Mauiwatch, the store was emptied within the last hour. Fire and Police officlas are at the scene on the busy intersection of Dairy Road and Hana Highway. No other details are available at this time.
By Jeff King
Maui Fire Department investigators are combing for clues after three brush fires erupted within a mile of each other early this morning in Lahaina.
But that was just the beginning. By sunrise a total of eight suspicious fires were set, then doused in West Maui.
At 3:37 a.m., Lahaina Engine, Ladder, and Tanker companies responded to a report of a brush fire near the Lahaina bypass and Keawe Street. Crews found a 150 foot by 200 foot grass fire in the median of the Keawe Street section of the Lahaina bypass and another grass fire a quarter-mile to the south, approximately 100 feet by 150 feet in size. While fighting those fires, another fire was seen a mile to the south on Lahaina bypass. That fire was found to be a grass fire 150 feet by 150 feet in size.
Just seven minutes later, another brush fire was reported at MP 17 Honoapiilani Hwy (cut mountain) on the Mauka side of the highway about 100 feet by 100 feet in size. Wailuku fire fighters and a Kahului tanker responded.
At 4:19 a.m., another brush fire was reported above Leialii Parkway. Napili and Lahaina companies responded. Three separate fires were found at this site - two 100 square foot and one 200 square foot fire area involved.
At 4:48 a.m., another brush fire was reported above Wahikuli Road. Lahaina engine company responded and found a 10 feet by x 50 foot grassfire makai of the old cane haul road and about 50 feet away from nearby homes.
All eight fires were called extinguished by 6:09 a.m. today. It appears that these brush fires may have been intentionally set. Fire Inspectors are conducting an ongoing investigation. No injuries or monetary damages were reported.
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