Cause of two-alarm fire in vacant Kahala home under investigation

Hunakai Street

Fire investigators are still trying to determine what caused a two-alarm fire in Kahala Monday.

The call came in at 11:16 a.m. from 1135 Hunakai Street.

“I heard a popping, like you know when you throw branches in a fire. I ran to the window, looked out and saw flames and smoke coming out of the house, so I ran outside, confirmed that and dialed 911,” said neighbor Brian Clark.

Eight fire companies and 30 personnel responded. Crews arrived to find light smoke coming from a bedroom window of the single-story home.

They extinguished the fire by 11:42 a.m. before it could spread to other rooms.

Officials say the home has been unoccupied for 30 years, and there was no evidence of squatters.

They add that damage could not be estimated as some parts of the building were already in such disrepair that the fire made no difference in its condition.

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