July 3, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
A structure fire burned through a single family dwelling on Ilima Lane off Kukuau Street in Hilo in the early afternoon on Saturday.
Fire officials say no occupants were home at time of fire.
Firefighters were on the scene just a few minutes after the 12:47 p.m. alarm and had the fire under control by 1 p.m.
An early report says most of the fire damage was to the kitchen and living room area. The blaze spread through the carport, laundry room and bathroom, causing an estimated $150,000 of damage. There was also smoke and heat damage to the three bedrooms.
The fire department says one vehicle in the carport was removed by a neighbor prior to the firefighters’ arrival and was saved from fire damage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. A resident of the area told Big Island Video News that they saw a masked individual leaving the area on a bike at the time of the fire. However, there has been no official word on this claim from investigators.