Kealia Pond Structure Fire Causes $20,000 Damage
By Wendy Osher
An early-morning fire at an open pavilion located within the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui resulted an estimated $20,000 in damage, fire officials said.
Authorities say the fire was reported at 2:26 a.m. today, March 28, at the structure located on the western-most side of the property.
Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said that when fire units arrived on scene at 2:35 a.m., the structure was fully engulfed in flames.
He described the pavilion as an unoccupied 20-foot by 20-foot open structure built with timber and recycled plastic planks.
According to Mainaga, the fire was brought under control by 3 a.m., and extinguished at 3:30 a.m.
Units responding to the scene reportedly included crews from the Kihei and Kahului Fire Stations.
Officials say the cause of the fire was undetermined, and no injuries were reported.