Kanaio Home Destroyed by Fire
Upcountry firefighters responded to a structure fire reported near Mile 17 of Piʻilani Highway, in the Kanaio area on Friday, August 5, 2016, at 7:14 p.m.
Upon arrival, Kula firefighters were met by area residents and directed to the structure, which was about 600 yards down a 4-wheel drive road on the makai side of the Piʻilani Highway.
Firefighters arrived at the dwelling at 7:43 p.m., but it had already burned to the ground, according to department reports.
The fire was called under control at 11:53 p.m. and extinguished at around 1 a.m.
Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said fire crews had difficulty extinguishing the fire, which was in a remote area with no fire hydrants or electricity. Crews had to drive back and forth to refill water from a water tanker parked on the highway, he said.
Fire investigators estimated damages at $200,000 to the structure and $50,000 to its contents. A 1,200 sq. ft. two-story structure connected by a breezeway, to a 600 sq. ft. one-story structure, was completely destroyed. It’s unknown which structure caught fire first. The cause of the fire was undetermined. A nearby shed and outhouse building also sustained some damages.
The 69-year-old woman living in the house was not at home and no one was injured. A neighbor saw the house on fire and called 9-1-1.
The Red Cross is assisting the woman with items lost to the fire. The woman will be staying with family.
A battalion chief and fire crews from Kula, Makawao, and Kahului responded to the fire.