The Hawaii County Fire Department responded early Thursday morning to a structure fire on Nehu Street in Pahoa.
Upon arriving at 2:54 a.m., firefighters found one bedroom of a single-story, three-bedroom home “fully involved” in flames, according to a fire department release.
The 1,300-square-foot, $150,000 home sustained approximately $70,000 in damage in the blaze, which was extinguished at about 3:10 a.m.
Volunteers with the American Red Cross reported responding to the fire.
“Red Cross disaster volunteers will meet with affected residents and ensure their immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing are met,” a press release stated.
The release added that the Red Cross encourages families to make a disaster plan to include an evacuation plan with two different routes of escape, a communications plan to help families reconnect after disaster and a disaster supplies kit that is readily available to aid in a quick evacuation. Information on developing a family plan is available at www.redcross.org or a brochure can be requested by calling 734-2101.