Hawaii County Firefighters put out a blaze in a culvert near the intersection of Hina Lani Street and Queen Kaahumanu Highway Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters responding to reports of thick black smoke pouring from both ends of the culvert found what appeared to be a homeless camp with a 10-by-10-foot area involved in flame. Using a single hose from a fire engine, firefighters were able to knock down the blaze in minutes, Capt. Charles Spain said. The blaze appeared to have started in what looked like furniture or rubbish. An engine, rescue truck and ambulance responded to the scene. Firefighters used a fan to blow smoke out of the culvert.
Fire trucks were pulled to the side of the road and police directed traffic around the scene.