1 Person Suffers Burns After Kekaha Structure Fire
One person suffered burn injuries after a structure fire in Kekaha on Tuesday night, May 18.
Kaua‘i Fire Department responded to the blaze at approximately 9:30 p.m. When crews arrived on scene, they found a single-story home fully engulfed in flames. The occupant of the one-story dwelling was home at the time of arrival.
Fire personnel established a water supply via a stand-pipe and proceeded to extinguish the fire. After extinguishment, firefighters remained on the scene to put out hot spots. Later, the Fire Prevention Bureau conducted an on-scene investigation.
The lone occupant suffered burn injuries and was transported to Wilcox Hospital in critical condition. The victim was later airlifted to Straub Hospital on O‘ahu. As of this morning, the Kekaha resident is in stable condition.
Volunteers with the America Red Cross are assisting the displaced individual.
Personnel from the Waimea, Hanapēpē, and Kalāheo fire stations; the Fire Prevention Bureau; the on-duty Battalion Chief; Kaua‘i Police Department; American Medical Response; and the American Red Cross responded to the incident.
Firefighters cleared the scene at approximately 11:50 p.m. Damages are estimated at $350,000, and the dwelling and its contents are considered a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.