Several explosions heard after flames erupt from Orchidland property in Puna

  • Source: KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now
  • Published: 03/15/2019 09:56 AM

Several small explosions were heard after flames broke out at a property in the Orchidland subdivision of Puna late Thursday, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Over a dozen firefighters responded to the initial alarm around 6:30 p.m. to a residence on 37th Avenue, where thick, black smoke could be seen. A woman living there told the fire department that she was using a propane torch to exterminate ants and might’ve accidentally set pallets on the fire. Officials said it was difficult to fight the fire because there was a lot of scrap metal in the area, including abandoned cars, appliances and animal pens. All structures on the property were destroyed. The fire department called the dwellings “improvised and unpermitted.”


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