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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fire damages house on Molokai

Advertiser Staff

Fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage to a house on Molokai, in the Hoolehua area near the airport, Maui County reported.

The family was home at the time. No one was hurt but the family reported the loss of a pet bird, officials said.

The fire was reported at 1:30 p.m. About one-third of the house was burned, officials said.

The structure fire triggered a brush fire that burned an estimated half-acre of adjacent agricultural land. Fire officials report that firefighters had to contend with 20 mph winds and mulch located on the agricultural land.

Fire crews from the Hoolehua, Kaunakakai and Pukoo fire stations responded to the scene and the fire was extinguished at 5:30 pm.

The cause of the structure fire was under investigation. The American Red Cross is helping the displaced family.