Pahoa house fire under investigation


The Hawaii County Fire Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a two-story home early this morning in Pahoa.

Responding to a 12:27 a.m. call, firefighters discovered the structure on Lehua Road fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished at 2:45 a.m. and an overhaul completed. Its cause was “undetermined,” according to the Fire Department.

The estimated damage for the 1,800-square-foot home with four bedrooms and four bathrooms was totaled at $90,000. No injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced homeowners. The nonprofit humanitarian organization met with the affected residents concerning their immediate emergency needs and provided assistance with essential items, such as temporary housing, clothing, food and household items. Caseworkers will continue to follow up with anyone affected in the coming weeks to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.