At 4:44 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018, South Maui fire crews responded to a building fire at the Maui Parkshore Condominium at 2653 South Kihei Road.
Firefighters arrived at 4:48 a.m. to find heavy black smoke coming from a 4th-floor apartment unit. Crews brought the fire under control at 5:05 a.m. and had it fully extinguished at 5:32 a.m.
A 41-year-old male was the only occupant in the apartment when the fire broke out and managed to escape on his own. The man was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene before he was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment.
Fire investigators did not find any evidence that the fire was intentionally set. The cause of the fire has been classified as undetermined.
Damages to the 900 square foot apartment were set at $175,000 to the structure and $25,000 to its contents. The majority of the fire loss occurred in the bedroom area, with the rest of the unit affected by the significant smoke damage. An adjacent unit sustained minor damage to glass windows from the heat of the fire.
The Red Cross is assisting the man with his future needs.
A battalion chief and four companies from Wailea, Kihei, and Kahului responded to the blaze.