Coco Palms fire extinguished, damage estimated at $600,000

Coco Palms Resort (Photo: Mike Laureta)
Coco Palms Resort (Photo: Mike Laureta)

A fire that tore through Coco Palms Resort on Friday, July 4, caused major damage to the property.

The Kauai Fire Dept. says the fire was completely extinguished at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and resulted in approximately $600,000 in damage.

The main lobby and adjoining offices of the resort were totally destroyed and the breezeway of a connecting building was badly burned, officials say.

A total of 24 firefighters battled the fire Friday and three recalled firefighters spent the night at the resort in case of flare-ups.

Two large excavators were brought in Saturday afternoon to tear down the main lobby and adjoining offices and move the rubble around while firefighters soaked the exposed areas with foam.

On Sunday, they focused on the building behind the main lobby, where the second floor had collapsed.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The resort had been closed since it was devastated by Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

A revitalization of the 363-room hotel is scheduled to begin in early 2015 and, following a two-year reconstruction period, is expected to reopen.

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