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UPDATE: Maui Fire Causes $76K in Damages, Embers Spark Fire on Roof of Kīhei Home

August 7, 2021, 5:03 PM HST
* Updated August 9, 9:51 PM
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UPDATE: 11:33 p.m. 8.7.21

Embers from a brush fire in North Kīhei on Saturday afternoon sparked a fire on the roof of a nearby home on Kinaole Circle, Maui fire officials said.

Multiple callers reported a brush fire on the northeast corner of Kaiola Place and Ohukai Road in North Kīhei at around 4:12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.

Upon police arrival, an approximate 40 x 40 yard brush fire was observed. As fire personnel attended to the brush fire, embers from the fire landed on a residential rooftop on Kinaole Circle, according to department reports.

The homeowner and neighbors attempted to douse the fire with water until fire personnel could arrive to extinguish the fire.

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An initial investigation by Fire and Police investigators reveals the Kinaole Circle fire was caused by embers from the brush fire located approximately 300 feet away.

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Damages to the carport were estimated at $50,000 in structural damage and $20,000 in water damage to contents stored in the carport.

Investigators observed fire damage to a residential wooden fence on the northwest section of Ohukai Road as well, with damages estimated at $500.

Further investigation revealed that in an attempt to saturate a neighboring residential roof on Ohukai Road with water as a precautionary tactic, accidental water damage was caused to the residence, resulting in estimated damages of $6,000.

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An inspection of the Kaiola Place and Ohukai Road brush area revealed that approximately one acre sustained damage from the fire. An electrical box located on Kaiola Place also sustained fire damage.

“Preliminary investigation reveals no signs of suspicious activity as to the origin of the fire,” Maui Fire Department officials said.

There were no reported injuries.

Kīhei fire. (8.7.21) PC: Marvin Mac

KIHEI BRUSH FIRE: (Update 5:29 p.m.; Posted 4:20 p.m. 8.7.21)

Maui fire crews are responding to a report of a fire in North Kīhei in the area near Kinaole Circle and Ohukai Road, makai of the Piʻilani Highway. Early reports indicate the fire affected brush off the highway and impacted the roof of one home.

There were initial reports of heavy smoke seen in the area. Fire and police units are on scene.

*This is a developing story. Additional details will be posted as they become available.

4:24 p.m. fire between Piilani and Ohukai in the vacant area covered in dry grass. (8.7.21) PC: Kevin J Olson
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