UPDATE: Elderly Man Dies in Wailuku House Fire at Sand Hills

October 29, 2015, 5:05 PM HST · Updated October 30, 9:18 AM
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Maui Now has learned that an elderly man suffered fatal injuries in a two-story house fire in the Sand Hills area of Wailuku.  The fire was reported at 4:41 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 on Naniluna Place.

Maui police have since identified the man as 94-year-old Shiro Sam Hironaka, and say the cause of death is pending autopsy results.  Police have also estimated damages to the home at $630,000.

Maui Fire Services Officer Edward Taomoto said Wailuku firefighters arrived on scene at 4:45 p.m.and learned that an occupant was still unaccounted for.

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    According to department reports, three occupants lived in the home. Police say an adult female living upstairs was able to exit the residence and told officers that an adult male may still be in the down stairs unit.

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    Police say officers attempted to gain entry; however, the bottom unit was engulfed in flames with thick smoke. Fire personnel were able to extinguish the fire and making it safe to gain entry.

    “After searching the structure, firefighters discovered a 94-year-old male deceased inside the home,” said FSO Taomoto in an email communication to Maui Now.

    At 6:45 p.m., fire investigators remained on scene.  Damage estimates are not yet available.

    Six fire units from Wailuku, Kahului, Kula and a battalion chief responded to the fire.

    Original Post: 4:52 p.m. 10/29/15

    Firefighters are responding to a house fire in the Sand Hills area of Wailuku in the vicinity of Naniloa Drive.

    Heavy smoke can be seen in the surrounding area.

    *We will keep you posted with updates as they become available.

    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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    Wailuku home fire. Photo credit: Mikiko Ellison.

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    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire - 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Wailuku House Fire – 10/29/15. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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