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Lawai house fire displaces 4 residents

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A fire destroyed a home in Lawai, displacing four residents.

The blaze occurred at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday at a three-story home on Piko Road. The Kauai Fire Department said neighbors attempted to control the fire by spraying water from their garden hoses when firefighters arrived.

Witnesses told the firefighters the blaze rapidly spread throughout the 3,000-square foot structure.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters extinguished the the fire shortly before 6 a.m. and remained on scene for several hours to monitor hot spots and clear water and debris from the property.

The fire department said the blaze is believed to have started on the first floor of the home. The cause has yet to be determined.

Fire inspectors considered the home to be a “total loss.” Damage to the structure and its contents were estimated at $700,000.

The American Red Cross is assisting a family of three as well as a tenant who rented a unit in the home.