Wailuku house fire displaces 8 people
A fire in a 720-square-foot house in Wailuku on Thursday evening left eight people homeless, fire officials said.
Wailuku firefighters responded to the 6 p.m. alarm of a structure fire on West Vineyard Street, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found that the fire had been extinguished by the residents.
The American Red Cross was called to provide assistance to the four adults and four children displaced by the fire, Mainaga said.
The Red Cross said Thursday night that disaster volunteers will meet with the residents and ensure that 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 news release said.
It was an accidental cooking fire, according to a fire inspector. Damage was estimated at $4,800 to the structure and $2,000 for the contents. There were no injuries reported, said Mainaga.
Exercise to be conducted off South Maui
The Maui Fire Department, the Ocean Safety Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a search-and-rescue exercise in the waters off South Maui today.
A fictional scenario with a missing person from a commercial vessel will be played out during the joint training exercise, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Maui fire rescue personnel, Ocean Safety Bureau lifeguards and Coast Guard officials will be alerted and a coordinated search will be planned as part of the training.
The joint training, involving a missing person in the ocean, began in September 2012. The objectives are to review and to improve cooperation and communication between agencies, to practice unified command, to evaluate interagency briefing coordination and to improve interagency resource and protocol familiarity, Mainaga said.
The exercise will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kamaole Beach Park III.
Head Start programs receive $2.1 million
Head Start programs in Maui County received a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced Thursday.
Head Start is a federal early-childhood education program that promotes school readiness of children from low-income families.
Maui Economic Opportunity operates 16 Head Start centers on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Services at the centers cover general, mental and oral health, nutrition, early-childhood education, children with disabilities (coordinated with the Department of Education) and family involvement and training.
"We know that when we prepare our kids for school, they have a better shot at succeeding," Schatz said.