Kahului Brush Fire Extinguished after Jumping Highway

September 30, 2013, 5:15 AM HST · Updated September 30, 10:26 AM
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The area where the fire occurred. Modified Google Maps image.

The area where the fire occurred. Modified Google Maps image.

By Wendy Osher

A brush fire near Kmart in Kahului jumped across the Hāna Highway before being brought under control on Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.

The incident was reported just after 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, about 150 yards east of Kmart, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Responding firefighters arrived to find a 10,000-square-foot area of brush involved, officials said.

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While fighting the fire, officials say the flames jumped across the highway and began burning a 1,300-square-foot area next to Ballards Mortuary.

Additional fire crews were called in, and both fires were brought under control and extinguished by 3:18 p.m.

The cause of the fire was undetermined, and there were no monetary damages or injuries reported.

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