Large fire destroys Suisan Company office building in Hilo

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A large fire that broke out late Thursday night destroyed the Suisan Company's office building in Hilo, witnesses at the scene of the fire told Hawaii News Now.

The business operations for Suisan, a food distributor which has serviced the Pacific Rim for more than 100 years, are believed to have been housed in the building that burned, which is located near the perimeter of the Hilo Airport.

Officials say that all employees were accounted for and evacuated without incident, but Hawaii News Now has learned that the building is being called a total loss.

"When we got here it was about 75% involved already, spreading towards the south," Battallion Chief Warren Sumida of the Hawaii County Fire Department said.

Officials said fire crews from the Hilo airport aided County firefighters in battling the blaze. There is not believed to have been an impact on airport operations.

Police closed Silva St. in the vicinity of the building, but expected to reopen the road late Friday morning.

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