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Brush fire destroys one home, damages three on Kauai

By Michael Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 7:32 a.m. HST, Aug 18, 2011

A brush fire destroyed one home, damaged three others and forced the evacuation of nearly 100 homes along Weliweli Tract in Koloa, Kauai, Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was first reported near Ala Kinoiki Road about 2 p.m. and spread quickly across open grassland toward Weliweli Tract.

Some 98 homes in the area were evacuated while firefighters and residents battled the blaze.

Police closed Kapili Road, Poipu Road, Ala Kinoiki Road, Pee Road and other feeder roads in the area until the fire was deemed under control about 5:30 p.m. However, Kipuka Street remained closed, and residents were advised to stay clear of the area through the early evening as crews worked to fully extinguish the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was extinguished at 6:30 p.m.

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