Fire damages downtown Hilo building

Fire inspectors and police are investigating the cause of a fire that caused more than $60,000 dollars to a downtown Hilo building Saturday morning.

Six units responded to an 8:55 a.m. alarm at 183 Keawe St., a building owned by Haili Congregational Church that houses Joseph’s Storehouse.

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Firefighters made a forcible entry into the building and extinguished interior flames. A smoke ejector was used to rid the building of smoke.

During overhaul operations, the metal siding was removed from the exterior and a hole cut into the floor to extinguish remaining fire extension in the inaccessible post and pier foundation.

A fire investigator arrived on scene to try to determine the cause of the fire and eventually turned the scene over to police who remained on scene to secure the premises.

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The fire was reported under control at 9 a.m. and extinguished at 9:05 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

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