Fire damages Kahana Ridge residence

A fire that began in a second-floor ceiling caused an estimated $460,000 in damage to a Kahana Ridge Subdivision home Saturday morning, according to Capt. Paul Haake of the Maui Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau.

No injuries were reported.

The owners of the 2,700-square-foot residence were not at home when the blaze was reported at around 11 a.m. Saturday, Haake said.

Napili and Lahaina firefighters responded to the structure fire at 3 Bermuda Place, with the first crews on the scene within minutes, he said.

Police officers were first at the scene, he said. They did a quick search of the first floor, entering through a rear sliding-glass door. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from roof vent openings.

“Flames could be seen through a second-floor window,” Haake said.

Damage was estimated at $280,000 to the structure and $180,000 to its contents, he said.

Most of the fire was confined to the home’s second story, although the first floor sustained smoke and water damage, he said.

The fire damage displaced the homeowners, but family and friends were helping them, Haake said. Also, the American Red Cross offered assistance.

Fire investigators determined the blaze started in the second-floor ceiling where heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment were located. Although the fire’s cause remained undetermined, it was probably accidental, Haake said.

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