Fire de­stroys Kala­heo house; man es­capes

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LO­CAL - ——— Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff and news ser­vices

Fire de­stroyed a three-bed­room Kala­heo house late Wed­nes­day night, the Kauai Fire Depart­ment said in a news re­lease Thurs­day.

A man who was home at the time of the fire es­caped with­out in­jury, the Fire Depart­ment said.

Fire­fight­ers ar­rived shortly af­ter the fire broke out at 11 p.m. to find the sin­gle-story home fully en­gulfed in flames. Three com­pa­nies and a bat­tal­ion chief re­sponded to the blaze and ex­tin­guished the fire just af­ter mid­night.

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors say the home is a to­tal loss, and es­ti­mated the fire caused about $200,000 in dam­age to the struc­ture and its con­tents.

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors also found the fire ap­pears to have orig­i­nated on the front porch, but the cause is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Amer­i­can Red Cross is as­sist­ing the man who was dis­placed.

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