1 dead in Honokaa house fire

Destroyed home estimated at $300,000

Published  7:19 AM HST Dec 12, 2012
HONOKAA, Hawaii -

Big Island fire officials say a fire that destroyed a house in Honokaa left one person dead overnight.

The fire started at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at a single-story home on Kahana Drive near Old Mamalahoa Highway.

Fire crews had the flames under control in about an hour.  The fire was extinguished by 3:45 a.m.

Fire officials say the house was estimated at $300,000.

At least two people lived in the home.  The American Red Cross responded to help with food, clothing and shelter.

An investigation is underway to determine how the fire started.

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