Hilo, HI – One Killed in House Fire on W Kawailani St
January 15, 2023
Hilo, HI (January 15, 2023) – In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 15, at approximately 3:11 a.m., a house fire claimed the life of one person in Hilo. Four fire departments were dispatched to the scene located in the 300 block of West Kawailani Street.
The deceased victim has not been identified at this time. Hawaii Island fire crews arrived to find the blaze venting from the large building, believed to be approximately 40 feet by 30 feet.
Soon after fire crews arrived, the front of the building partially collapsed. Units were able to control the flames shortly after arriving. Once the collapsed portion of the house was partially cleared, firefighters discovered the deceased individual in a front bedroom. Fire crews received reports stating there was only one person living in the house.
West Kawailani Street was closed for approximately three hours while emergency crews worked in the area. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by police.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim.
Fatal House Fires in Hawaii
In the United States, house fires happen at an alarming rate. Information provided by the National Fire Protection Association shows that more than 350,000 house fires take place yearly in the US. Around 2,600 individuals are killed per year in these fires. Multiple causes contribute to these incidents, however, cooking fires and faulty electrical and heating equipment are most often to blame.
The cost of treatment required to fully recover from severe burns is usually a financial burden for patients. The average expenses related to medical care for a moderately injured individual in a fire is somewhere in the neighborhood of $200,000.
Also, this total does not include the numerous other financial burdens victims may end up facing, including reduced earning capacity (present and future) numerous surgeries, and the numerous support services needed to help victims cope with the emotional turmoil that may stem from the event. Fires are some of the most traumatic events people can go through.
Gathering financial compensation for these costs, along with pain, suffering, and other losses, can be complicated, and, trusting that the insurance company will provide you with fair compensation usually does not turn out in your favor.
With the help of a lawyer who is well-versed in handling fire-related cases in Hawaii, you will have the best opportunity be fully and fairly compensated during this trying time.
The personal injury attorneys at Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner have decades of experience helping families in getting the economic recovery they are entitled to and the justice they deserve for serious fire-related injuries.
We are determined to help our clients recover both financially and physically, as well as emotionally, in the easiest and quickest way possible. If you were hurt in a fire caused by negligence, or if you have lost a loved one due to a negligently caused fire, contact our Hilo house fire lawyers today by calling (808) 537-2525.
Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available.
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