Hawaii News

Friday, April 19, 2019

Inspection leads to boat blaze at Honolulu Harbor

U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel Thursday were inspecting a fishing boat at Pier 16 when a neglected stove apparently caught fire, leading to a spectacular blaze. Honolulu firefighters, with the help of a tugboat crew, managed to bring the fire aboard the St. Peter under control in an hour and 20 minutes, and extinguished it in two hours. At 2:11 p.m. the U.S. Coast Guard said that “the vessel appears to be stable.” During their inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel “asked the crew to muster on the pier when a stove burner was reportedly left on in the galley, presumably causing the fire,” the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard received a report from Harbor Patrol at 1:30 p.m. that the St. Peter commercial fishing vessel was on fire at Pier 16. No injuries were reported, authorities said. However, crew members are unable to live aboard the American-flagged vessel, so they were relocated to sister ships in the same fleet, which had extra room and were moored in the harbor, the Coast Guard said.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Follow-up: Maui family speaks out after home goes up in flames

A mother of three was inside her Maui Meadows home when it suddenly caught on fire Wednesday morning. The Benetiz family tells KHON2 they started their day like any other. Nef went to work, the kids went to school, and mom stayed at home. The family had been renting a portion of the house on Kehala Drive since July 2018. It was around 11 a.m. when Nef’s wife heard something upstairs. "All of a sudden, she started hearing all these weird noises in the ceiling,” Nef Benetiz said. Shortly after, she heard an explosion and walked outside to see flames coming from upstairs. Benetiz said she quickly ran back inside to grab important documents. "She went down to the propane tank and shut it off,” he said. Benetiz said she quickly ran to the back cottage where she thought she’d be safe, but the fire spread quickly and she started yelling for help.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Target store in Kona spared after firefighters extinguish explosive fire

A container on a truck trailer caught on fire early this morning at the Target in Kona, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department. At 1:44 a.m., firefighters got a call about the fire at the parking area in front of Target, and were able to put it out by 4:30 a.m. A total of 16 personnel responded, along with a backhoe. Upon arrival, the firefighters found a 40-foot container on a trailer with the rear door entry area on fire next to Target’s loading zone entry door. Flames and dark, black smoke were visible near the bottom of the trailer, according to firefighters, who determined that the container’s contents included a mix of merchandise, including propane and helium gas cylinders, which were detonating. The fire department said it initially used turrets to prevent the fire from spreading to the big box store. Eventually, a Meadow Gold truck driver arrived on scene and helped move the container away from the building so that the fire could be extinguished.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Seven displaced after structure fire in South Maui

Maui firefighters responded Wednesday morning to reports of a structure fire at a residence on Kehala Drive in the Maui Meadows subdivision in South Maui. Firefighters from Wailea, Kihei, and Kahului responded. On scene, crews found a two story home heavily involved with fire on the second story. It was quickly confirmed that all occupants had made it out safely prior to the arrival of fire personnel. Crews worked to knock down the blaze which was declared under control at 11:55 am. The cause of the fire is being investigated and damage estimates are not yet available. There are also no injuries to report. It is believed seven people have been displaced as a result of this fire, and they are being assisted by the Red Cross.

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