Lahaina House Fire Causes $500 Damage

October 5, 2013, 7:58 AM HST · Updated October 5, 8:08 AM
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Photo by Wendy Osher.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A Lahaina house fire was extinguished on Friday before causing extensive damage.

The incident was reported at 5:47 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at 41 Pihaʻa Street.

Prior to the arrival of firefighters, the son of the homeowner used a fire extinguisher to douse flames coming from the garage area, located beneath the two story home, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

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Crews arrived on scene and found no smoke or fire showing, but fire investigators found that a light fixture outside the garage caught on fire, and started moving up the wooden walls and under the balcony above the garage, Mainaga said.

Total damages were estimated at $500, and were considered superficial, according to fire officials.

Authorities say the cause was considered accidental due to a faulty light fixture.

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