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Captain Cook structure fire extinguished, under investigation

The Hawaii County Fire Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a two-story structure Sunday in Captain Cook.

When firefighters arrived on the scene at 3:34 a.m., they found the approximately 20- by 30-foot structure on Kahauloa Road fully engulfed in flames. Neighbors were reportedly using garden hoses to keep the blaze at bay.

The wooden structure with a metal roof was not connected to the main house and had collapsed before firefighters arrived. It consisted of a garage, living area and an office/storage area. The estimated damage was totaled at $110,000, according to the Fire Department.

The homeowner said all the occupants made it out of the unit and were accounted for. No injuries were reported.

The fire was under control at 4 a.m. and extinguished at 7:30 a.m.. Its cause was “undermined” and “under investigation,” stated the Fire Department.

By local sources