Video: Maui, Hawaii Firefighters and Police respond to Lahaina July 4th blaze that destroys house

July 6th, 2011  

From the Maui News, “Residents escape when blaze destroys house”

LAHAINA – Fire destroyed a single-family home on Kelawea Street in Lahaina early Monday evening, but residents were able escape the structure without injury, said Lee Mainaga, fire services chief and spokesman for the Maui Fire Department.

“Everybody got out,” Mainaga said, adding that the fire did not spread to other residences.

The fire was reported at 6:20 p.m. and declared under control at 8:15 p.m., he said.

The fire’s cause was under investigation, Mainaga said.

Firefighters responding to the blaze came from Lahaina, Napili and Kahului stations, he said.

One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for observation, he said. The firefighter’s condition was not considered life-threatening.

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Here’s our video of Maui Emergency Services in action and as is our custom, complete with video transcript.

Maui, Hawaii Firefighters and Police respond to Lahaina July 4th blaze that destroys house (9:01 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from house fire, Lahaina Maui, July 4, 2011)

It is July the 4th, 2011, Independence Day. We’re here in Lahaina, Maui.

I was going to go to the fireworks display down in Lahaina and noticed two fire engines and two police cars hurrying along really quickly and decided to check it out.

[DIP TO WHITE]

It’s a rare opportunity to see these beautiful Maui police cruisers. Usually they’re at their station.

[CROSS FADE]

But to actually see these heroes, because that’s what they are, in action—

[CROSS FADE]

Let’s take this opportunity to admire this Maui police cruiser. Fairly new. Police Interceptor —maybe not. Or.

Maui Police have a handsome logo.

[DIP TO WHITE]

This is the view, July the 4th, 2011.

Mauka, you can see the “L” here for “Lahaina” [sic] that grads at Lahainaluna High School put in every year.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Looks like they might have put the fire out. Now it’s the only problem is over in this area right here.

[CROSS FADE]

Firefighters are such heroes. Mississauga firefighters too, but first chance to get the opportunity to see Maui, Lahaina firefighters. There they go.

[CROSS FADE]

I bet he’s thirsty.

DIP TO WHITE]

This firefighter is keeping an eye on these kind of belligerent flames that are still hanging tough.

[CROSS FADE]

Well, over in that direction is Lahaina. It’s makai. And there’s fireworks that’s going to start at 8 o’clock. That’s really what I came here for.

[CROSS FADE]

Hey. Look at this! There’s something coming up there. He’s moving it somehow. At least I thought he was. Hm. Cool. See that? Oh yeah, of course, in order to illuminate the scene.

[CROSS FADE]

Just to have an idea, if you look, it’s just past sunset now, and the police have pretty much finished, including the fire department here. And I happen to know exactly where they’re going to go once they’re finished their duty here.

Because I’ve videotaped both the Lahaina Fire Department and Police Department.

So I think the story isn’t so much fireworks on the Fourth of July but these people, Emergency Services here putting out a fire.

And I fully expect these people —well, certainly the Fire Department, not necessarily the Police to return to the top of the hill. And I might as well watch the Fourth of July from there.

[CROSS FADE]

So this is Maui Emergency Services. Medical Response. So this is the scene.

But there’s a smell almost like rubber tires that have been burned. Gasp!

This is a Maui Police cruiser. Boy that’s beautiful. We’ll be seeing these shortly. You can bet on it.

Now do I remember where I parked the car? Nope. Oh, I can hear firecrackers going off. A reminder this is the Fourth of July and I was coming to Lahaina to take in the fireworks. Little did I know, look at this.

What I do want to do is go and —up to the hill. You know you make a decision sometimes to cover things and I felt it far more important to cover the —this thing. With so many police cars here and what with me having documented both the Lahaina Fire Department and the Lahaina Police Department.

They’ve been so kind —so open in letting me videotape their cars and their department —their headquarters up on the hill there. So let’s go and watch the fireworks from there.

[CROSS FADE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (watching fireworks from hill aside the Lahaina Fire Department and Police Department, July 4, 2011)

Next to the Lahaina Police Department right here. And the Lahaina Fire Department over here. And the first trucks and some of the police officers are busy attending to a fire right now. And I don’t expect them back right away. They had a lot of cleaning up—

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

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