Building Destroyed by Fire in Kekaha

KEKAHA, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — A fire that broke out on the grounds of the old Kekaha Sugar Mill Sunday night left an unoccupied structure destroyed and caused roughly $50,000 in damage. Firefighters from the Waimea, Hanapepe, and Lihu`e stations along with Rescue 3 personnel and the on-duty Battalion Chief worked together to contain the blaze along Kekaha Road that was reported around 8:00 PM Sunday. Police officers from the Waimea station also responded to the scene and closed a portion of Kekaha Road for about three hours. Once on scene, firefighters contained the blaze within a half an hour and successfully prevented flames from spreading to other structures or brush areas nearby. During their response, firefighters also moved a collapsed metal roof in order to address multiple fires hidden underneath. The fire was out by (:00 PM and the scene was cleared by 11:30 PM. Fire inspectors estimate the cost of damage to the structure and its contents to be roughly $50,000. Inspectors and Kaua’i police continue to investigate the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

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