Lihue brush fire forced evacuation, road closure
A brush fire that broke out in a vacant lot in Lihue caused a road closure and the evacuation of a major retailer Friday afternoon, according to Kauai fire officials.
The blaze began in a vacant lot behind Wal-Mart shortly after 1:12 p.m.
Crews responded along with a fire department helicopter. Firefighters from the Lihue Airport also assisted in controlling the blaze.
The fire was deemed contained at 2:15 p.m.
No injuries were reported in the roughly 10-acre fire, but officials report the flames came within approximately 100 feet of Wal-Mart.
As a safety precaution, police evacuated Wal-Mart and shut down Ahukini Road, between Kapule and Kuhio highways, while firefighters worked to gain control of the blaze.
The roadway was reopened at around 2:45 p.m. Wal-Mart was reopened for business at around 3 p.m.
The cause of ignition remains under investigation at this time.
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