The Hawaii County Fire Department reported a house fire in the subdivision of Orchidland on Thursday, Dec. 1 around 1:28 a.m.
Officials opened an investigation to try and determine the cause of this fire in Pahoa. Officials said that the flames started just before 1:30 a.m.
When fire crews arrived at the home, they reported that around 80% of the single-story home was already in flames. The fire was put out at around 2:35 a.m.
One adult male was evacuated with no injuries. Fire investigators are estimating around $150,000 in damage and loss from the fire. This is an ongoing investigation.
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Lava from Mauna Loa slowed its advance toward the Daniel K. Inouye Highway on Thursday as it reached flatter ground, but officials were still bracing for lava to cross the key thoroughfare.
They say it could take about a week for lava to reach the highway ? now about 3 miles away.
The highway, also known as Saddle Road, connects Hilo and Kona and there is significant concern about what its closure would mean for commuters and the transport of goods and services. The alternate route is much longer.
Ken Hon, scientist-in-charge at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said Thursday night that the flow had slowed to about 30 yards per hour.
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Honolulu firefighters this morning rescued an injured hiker from the Pele’s Chair trail in East Honolulu.
The Honolulu Fire Department received a 911 call at 11:24 a.m. today regarding an injured, 68-year-old female hiker. She had been hiking with a group of six for about 20 minutes when she sustained the injury.
Five units with 16 personnel responded, with the first unit arriving on scene at 11:32 a.m. Rescue personnel ascended the trail on foot while a landing zone was secured at Sandy Beach Park. Firefighters found the injured hiker at 11:45 a.m. and packaged her onto a rescue stretcher for transport by HFD’s Air 1 helicopter to the landing zone just before noon.
Medical care was transferred to Emergency Medical Services at 12:14 p.m.
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