Over $1 million: cost of Maui brush fire that moved to destroy two homes
As many enjoyed the fireworks this Fourth of July, others in Kihei are counting their loses.
HONOLULU (KITV) - As many enjoyed the fireworks this Fourth of July, others in Kihei are counting their loses.
Officials believe fireworks are the reason two homes were destroyed, and four others damaged in the Maui community.
As crews worked to put out the fire for all six homes a firefighter was injured on scene.
Maui Fire Department says the fire was first reported as a brush fire on Kawailani Circle in Kihei around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
A witness told them told they heard children playing with fireworks in the area.
Firefighters found remnants of fireworks in the area, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Neighbors tell us there was another fire in that area just the day before.
"My husband was working in the garage and because there was a fire yesterday in the road, so he smelled the smoke and came upstairs and we saw the house was burning. We thought it was closer to our house, so we got kind of scared," said a nearby resident.
Total damages are estimated to exceed 1 million dollars.
The Maui Emergency Management Agency set up a shelter at the Kihei Community Center, that closed just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.