Two Kauai homes were heavily damaged over the weekend after two separate fires caused a total of $1 million in damage.
Kauai officials say the first fire broke out at a home on Nunu Road in Kapaa just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Firefighters arrived to see the sing-story home fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews from the Kapaa and Lihue stations responded.
The fire was under control within minutes, but not before causing an estimated $300,000 in damage, deeming the house to be a total loss.
No one was home at the time and the cause is under investigation.
Then, on Sunday morning, a fire ignited at a Kilauea home around 9:30 a.m.
Kauai officials say an unattended flame from a portable burner near the patio ignited the blaze.
Flames were under control in about 30 minutes. All residents were able to escape. Damage was estimated at $700,000.
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A kitchen fire caused $50,000 in damages to a two-story Kihei home Saturday evening, according to a fire official.
At 7:44 p.m. Saturday, fire crews responded to a call about a kitchen fire at a home on Eleu Place, Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto said. Firefighters were on scene at 7:51 p.m. and found a small fire in the kitchen area of the residence. All of the occupants were out of the house. Crews brought the fire under control at 8:18 p.m. and extinguished it at 8:25 p.m.
A 14-year-old boy was the only person home at the time and discovered the fire on the kitchen stove, Taomoto said. He tried but couldn’t extinguish the flames, which had already spread to the microwave and cabinets above. The boy evacuated the home and dialed 911.
The fire was caused by unattended food left on the stove and was ruled accidental, Taomoto said. It caused an estimated $30,000 in damages to the structure and $20,000 to the contents. No one was injured.
It was also a close call for a Kaneohe resident when lightning struck his condo while he was inside. He was not hurt, but his home was damaged.
The lightning that struck a condo in Kaneohe late Saturday night caused significant damage, leaving a gaping hole in the roof.
KHON2 spoke with the man who was home at the time.
Luckily he wasn’t hurt, but we’re told the lightning strike was so strong some residents said it shook their walls and it was heard throughout the entire complex.
A tarp draped across the stairs and drywall scattered on the floor, it almost looks like resident Ben Cole is remodeling.
“This is actually the very last thing that I ever thought I’d be doing today,” Cole said.
Cole was getting ready for bed a little after 11:00 p.m. Saturday when he heard a deafening sound and saw a huge flash of light.
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Firefighters and a good Samaritan rescued several motorists caught in flooding today on Kamehameha Highway near Waikane.
Honolulu Fire Capt. Kevin Mokulehua said firefighters received a call about trapped motorists near Waikane Store at about 1:10 p.m.
At about 2 p.m., firefighters were still trying to reach motorists in their vehicles because of the deep water.
He said firefighters found three vehicles stranded in about two to three feet of water — a pickup with one man inside, a minivan with a woman and child inside, and a sedan that appeared to have been abandoned by its driver.
He said the good Samaritan drove a tractor into the water to get the firefighters closer to the stranded motorists. Firefighters then used rescue boards, rope and life vests to retrieve the woman and child, then the man from their vehicles, which were left standing in the water.