Fire destroys home occupied by squatters

Fire destroyed a home occupied by squatters in Hawaiian Beaches subdivision in Pahoa Friday afternoon.

According to a Hawaii Fire Department statement, 10 units, including three engines and a tanker, answered the 1:43 p.m. alarm with the first unit arriving on scene 12 minutes later.

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Arriving firefighters found the single-story home on Kahakai Boulevard “fully involved, with flames and heavy smoke throughout,” the statement said.

A home to the mauka was threatened by flames and sustained some heat damage, but firefighters were able to confine the flames to the structure of origin.

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The fire was reported under control at 2:45 p.m. and extinguished at 3:49 p.m.

No one was injured, according to the Fire Department, and the scene was turned over to police investigators and fire inspectors.