Fire damages Kona Target loading dock

An early morning fire today to a 40-foot shipping container spread to the loading dock at the Kona Target store.

A Fire Department statement lists the cause of the fire as “unknown” — but suggests the fire could be suspicious or even malicious in origin.

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Sixteen fire units plus a county Department of Public Works backhoe responded to the 1:44 a.m. alarm, with the first unit arriving at 1:40 a.m. The fire was reported under control at 4 a.m. and extinguished at 4:30 a.m.

No one was injured.

According to the statement, the contents of the container were mixed merchandise including propane and helium gas cylinders, which were detonating.

A Meadow Gold truck driver arrived on scene and assisted by moving the container away from the building so that the fire could be extinguished.

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Surveillance footage shows an individual in the area 16 minutes prior to the start of the fire.

The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage but firefighters saved an estimated $10 million-plus by confining the blaze to the container and the dock.

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