Fire destroys residence in Waiehu Heights

The Maui News

No injuries were reported in an early-morning fire that destroyed a Waiehu Heights residence Tuesday, fire officials reported.

People who had been in the home at 857 W. Kaena Place made it out safely after the fire was discovered and reported to emergency 911 dispatchers at 12:42 a.m., officials said.

Firefighters from Wailuku, Kahului and Kula responded to the blaze, along with a battalion chief. Engine 1 from Wailuku arrived first at 12:53 a.m., and firefighters saw a half of a single-story, single-family home ablaze with fire extending out from its roof, officials said.

Firefighters worked to prevent the blaze from spreading to neighboring homes, but two adjacent structures sustained minor exterior damage, officials reported. The fire was declared under control at 1:22 a.m.

A Maui Fire Department investigator, assisted by a Maui Police Department detective, investigated the origin and cause of the fire, which remained undetermined.

An electric meter had been removed from the residence, which had no electricity. Officials said the yard was in “an unkept condition,” and “several derelict cars were in the driveway and on the road frontage of the house.”

The exact number of people who had been in the home at the time of the fire was not confirmed, officials said.

Damage to the residence was estimated at $260,000.

Red Cross officials helped two of the home occupants who remained at the scene, officials said.