A burning home on a private Palolo road and containing a large amount of ammunition has presented daunting challenges to Honolulu firefighters today.
The fire started at about 10:42 a.m. at 3040 Lai Road, deep in Palolo valley. Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins said a 78-year-old man was home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury.
A private road leads to the home, causing challenges for fire trucks trying to reach the structure. Also, the resident notified firefighters of a high amount of ammunition and propane and butane tanks inside the home.
HFD’s Air 1 helicopter is conducting water drops on and around the home. Jenkins said the fire is contained and they are waiting for the blaze to burn out until firefighters access the property to extinguish it.
“The safest course of action is to wait until it burns out,” said Jenkins.
Firefighters were about 150 to 200 yards from the property early this afternoon, keeping a safe distance away due to the hazardous items on the property.
Jenkins said the home is considered “a total loss.” The fire did not pose a threat to other residents or homes in the valley.
The cause of the fire and damage estimate has yet to be determined.
The American Red Cross said its volunteers were responding to assist the resident.