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Embers from brush fire ignite roof

Smoke rises from a brush fire between Piilani Highway and Ohukai Road in the dry grass on Saturday afternoon while the Maui Fire Department controls the flames. Kevin Olson photo

The Maui News

Embers from a nearby brush fire Saturday landed on a Kihei home’s roof causing an estimated $70,000 in damages, fire officials said.

A portion of a Kinaole Circle home was damaged with an estimated $50,000 in structural damage to its carport and $20,000 in water damage to contents stored in the carport, officials said. Fire damage to a residential wooden fence on the northwest section of Ohukai Road was estimated at $500.

Fire and police investigators’ initial investigation reveals that the Kinaole Circle home fire was caused by embers from the brush fire located about 300 feet away, according to a news release.

Time of alarm was 4:12 p.m. Saturday for a brush fire on the northeast corner of Kaiola Place and Ohukai Road, fire officials said.

Police reported an estimated 40 by 40 yard brush fire when they arrived on scene. The homeowner and neighbors attempted to douse the fire with water until fire personnel arrived, fire officials said.

Further investigation revealed that in an attempt to saturate a neighboring residential roof on Ohukai Road with water as a precautionary tactic, caused accidental water damage to the residence, resulting in damages estimated at $6,000.

About one acre of brush was burned in the incident. An electrical box located on Kaiola Place also had fire damage.

Preliminary investigation reveals no signs of suspicious activity as to the origin of the fire, fire officials said.

There were no reported injuries.

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