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Red Cross assisting family after Kona house fire

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The American Red Cross has stepped in to assist eight people left homeless after a fire destroyed a multi-story home Friday afternoon on Kepano Place, just off Walua Road.

The fire was reported at 4:53 p.m. Friday and the home was fully engulfed when fire crews reached the home.

The home was completely destroyed. Although no one was home at the time at least one pet dog was killed. Another dog survived and a cat was missing.

Several neighboring homes were evacuated, although none was damaged.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to the scene to meet with the eight displaced residents and ensure their immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing are met.

Caseworkers will continue to follow up with anyone affected in the coming weeks to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.

The Red Cross encourages all 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 to the public at, or a brochure can be requested by calling 734-2101.

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free.

The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.

To send a contribution, mail a check to:

American Red Cross
Hawaii State Chapter
55 Ululani St.
Hilo, HI 96720

For further information about american Red Cross call (808) 739-8109 or visit

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