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Maui firefighters say fire sprinklers contained restaurant blaze

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Maui fire officials credit fire sprinklers for keeping a fire from spreading at a year-old Paia restaurant Friday.

At 11:11 a.m., firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at the Rock & Brews restaurant, at 120 Hana Highway.

Firefighters were on scene two minutes later and saw light smoke coming from the restaurant, according to fire officials. Employees reported hearing a loud pop then saw smoke in the air, and workers and patrons were evacuated.

Investigation found that the fire sprinklers had been activated in the attic space above the restaurant.    Fire crews quickly entered the ceiling area and had the fire extinguished by 11:27 p.m, officials said.

Fire Capt., Ben Bland, said “It’s a true testament that fire sprinklers really do work and can make a difference to extinguish or slow a fire until fire department arrival. Fire sprinklers effectively prevented this fire from spreading throughout the attic and to the rest of the building.”

The fire was determined to be accidental and caused by a fault in electrical wiring. Damages were estimated at $10,000 to structure, $10,000 to contents. No injuries were reported.

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