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Hana Structure Fire Caused by Shrine Candle

November 18, 2012, 1:38 PM HST · Updated November 19, 6:23 AM
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Hana Tanker 7  file photo.

By Wendy Osher

A Hana couple was displaced by a morning fire reported at around 9:11 a.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2012.

When crews from Engine 7 out of Hana arrived on scene, fire officials said they found heavy smoke coming from a 1,000 square foot wooden structure, and flames visible in a window in the back of the home.

Crews forcibly entered the home through the doors, doused the fire, and did a primary search of the residence, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

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No occupants were found on property at the time, and an initial investigation determined that the fire was accidental due to a shrine with a candle on it that caused the fire, said Mainaga.

The fire as extinguished just before 9:30 a.m. and caused an estimated $5,000 in damage, with about 15% of the building involved.

The fire was located at a home near mile post 28 of the Hana Highway.

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In addition to Engine 7, other units assisting on scene included Mini 7 and Tanker 7.

The Red Cross was activated to assist the couple living in the home as they had no where to stay, said Mainaga.

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