Firefighters estimate damage to historic Oahu estate at more than $1M

Investigators determined the damage for the building itself to be over $1 million.
Investigators determined the damage for the building itself to be over $1 million.(HNN)
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 3:34 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 5:19 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A fire that tore through a historical estate last Sunday caused damage worth over $1 million, said investigators on Friday.

According to the Honolulu Fire Department, crews responded to a call on Sunday around 3 a.m. about a fire at the Boyd-Irwin Estate, also known as The Queen’s Retreat.

The historical estate is famously known as the space that inspired Queen Liliuokalani to write the iconic song ‘Aloha Oe.’

Investigators determined the damage for the building itself to be over $1 million.

Officials said upon arrival the structure had sustained extreme fire damage, collapsing on itself until nothing was left except for the chimney.

The fire spread approximately up to 100 feet, consuming wildland that surrounded the destroyed home.

Firefighters said they got control of the blaze around 3:20 a.m. and fully extinguished it at 7:20 a.m. They also had to extinguish a smoldering albizia tree nearby.

The cause of the early morning fire was ruled as undetermined, officials said.

There were no reports of injuries.

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