A fire deemed of “suspicious origin” caused $14,400 in damage to Blane’s Drive Inn within the Hilo industrial area.
The fire happened early Sunday morning at the Wiwoole Street location.
Hawai`i Count Fire Department firefighters arrived on scene just after 3:30 a.m. where they found smoke showing within the building.
HFD reports that the individuals who initially reported the fire had also extinguished it by HFD arrival. The good samaritans apparently kicked in the door and put the fire out with an extinguisher found in the building.
The fire remains under investigation by HFD and the Hawai`i Police Department.