Fire Causes $6,600 in Damage to Nāhiku Cottage

August 5, 2014, 9:09 PM HST · Updated August 5, 9:15 PM
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A blessing for the new Tanker 7 was conducted by Juanita Aluanu “Auntie Carol” Kapu-Kawaiaea.

Hana Fire Station, Tanker 7. File photo.

By Wendy Osher

A structure fire at a cottage in upper Nāhiku burned a bedroom before being brought under control on Tuesday morning.

The incident was reported at 7:57 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2014, at a two-bedroom, 500 square foot cottage located between mile marker 28 and 29 in East Maui.

Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the fire resulted in $5,600 in damage to the structure, and $1,000 in damage to its contents.

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No one was home at the time of the fire, and about a third of the cottage was destroyed, said FS Chief Mainaga.

Fire officials say that after investigation, the cause of the fire was deemed undetermined at this time, but appears to have been accidental in nature.

When fire crews from Hāna arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke showing from the eaves of the single family home, and some flames near the front door, according to department reports.

Crews responding to the incident included Engine 7, Mini 7 and Tanker 7 out of the Hāna Fire Station.

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