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No one was injured during a fast-moving house fire this afternoon in a remote location of Naalehu, the Hawaii County Fire Department said in a news release.

The fire department credited volunteer firefighters in saving an adjoining home.

A fast-moving fire was reported at 2:47 p.m. and the first unit was on scene at 2:56 p.m. at 94-5755 Au Moku Place. Firefighters found flames coming from half of the 1,475-square-foot house, with the roof collapsed in that area, the fire department said in a report.

Thirteen county firefighters and five volunteer firefighters brought the fire under control at 3:29 p.m. and extinguished it at 4:35 p.m

Firefighters began working the exterior of the 1,475-square-foot house, as they also worked to prevent the blaze from spreading downwind to a nearby structure.

No one was home at either house.

Volunteers from the subdivision confirmed the fire was spreading quickly and affecting an adjacent house. They worked to protect the adjoining 1,712-square-foot house from exposure.

The HFD companies arrived and brought the blaze under control in 17 minutes, but the overhaul took several hours due to the remote location and distance from any fire stations.

The cause remains under investigation.

Investigators determined damage to the house was $221,250.

Ten fire companies responded.

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