Electrical malfunction of dryer may have caused Big Island house fire

A house fire in Hilo may have started because of an electrical malfunction of a dryer, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to a single-family home on Kawailani Street just after 6 a.m. Friday.

Officials say one person was home at the time and managed to escape unharmed.

The fire was extinguished about an hour later.

Investigators believe the fire started in the carport area.

Damage is estimated at $80,000 to the home. Two vehicles were also damaged in the fire — an estimated loss of $20,000.

The American Red Cross is assisting the affected resident.

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