Fire completely destroys one building, damages 4 others on Kauai

RAW: Fire destroys Kauai building
Source: Air Ventures Hawaii
Source: Air Ventures Hawaii
Source: Chicky
Source: Chicky

HANAMAULU, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An afternoon fire on Kauai destroyed the Hanama'ulu Trading Company, a two-story, wooden structure that was built in the 1890s,along with four other nearby buildings on Friday.

The fire was originally reported at 3:19p.m.

Firefighters report that the building was fully engulfed by the fire and is being considered a total loss. The inside was divided primarily into retail and office spaces, including a post office, beauty salon, barber shop, clothing store, and a church.

Two apartments were also located on the second story.

Damage to the structure and contents of the Hanama'ulu Trading Company was estimated at $1.2 million dollars, according to officials from Kauai County. The loss to the four other buildings is estimated at a total of $70,000.

Police closed Kuhio Highway in Hanamaulu, between Hanamaulu Road and Laukona Street while they battled the blaze.

Firefighters deemed the fire to be under control by 4:28 p.m., but remained on scene until the blaze was fully extinguished.

"Our fire fighters did a tremendous job of containing the fire. With the closeness of the adjacent structures and the high winds, the fire could have easily advanced," said Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman. "I want to thank all of the fire department personnel for a job well done."

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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