POSTED: 5:25 p.m. HST, Mar 30, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 8:46 p.m. HST, Mar 30, 2013
An unattended candle was the cause of a fire that damaged a Pepeekeo house this morning, the Hawaii County Fire Department reported.
The family of five, with two adults and three young children, escaped by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.
A fire spokesman said the house was received 50 percent fire damage and the remainder of the house had smoke and water damage.
Damage to the structure was estimated at $84,000.
The fire department received a call at 8:09 a.m. The first unit arrived at 8:20 a.m.
Fifteen firefighters brought the blaze under control by 8:30 a.m.
Two back bedrooms were most heavily involved, the fire department said.
The Red Cross responded to offer help to the family.