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Fire destroys home in Volcano area

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An unattended candle is blamed for a fire that destroyed a home in Mauna Loa Estates in the Volcano area of Hawaii island Saturday night.

Firefighters arriving at a corner house at 7th and Pearl streets found the home fully involved in flames at 11:28 p.m., according to a Hawaii County Fire Department news release.

The people who lived in the house were home at the time, but escaped without injury.

Firefighters brought the flames under control at 1:30 a.m. and extinguished the fire at 2 a.m.

Damage is estimated at $210,000.

The Red Cross is assisting the family with housing and other needs.

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