Firefighters extinguish fire at Kapaa restaurant

KAPAA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters extinguished a structure fire that broke out overnight at the Chicken in a Barrel restaurant in Kapaa.

Crews from the Kapaa and Kaiakea fire stations were dispatched to 4-1586 Kuhio Hwy. shortly before 1 a.m. Once on scene, firefighters located a storage shed behind the restaurant that was involved in flames.

Fire crews had the blaze extinguished within 20 minutes of the call and managed to contain the fire to the back storage area, where it originated.

Damage to the structure and its contents, including the restaurant's refrigeration unit and ice machine, is estimated at $30,000. Officials report that a neighboring building also sustained some heat damage.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Police shut down Kuhio Highway in both directions for roughly 40 minutes to allow fire trucks to access the area. The highway was reopened at approximately 1:40 a.m.

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