Woman Exterminating Ants with Torch Sparks Fire

The Hawai`i County Fire Department responded to a structure fire on 37th Avenue in Puna Thursday night.

Authorities say a woman was using a propane torch to exterminate ants and may have “accidentally set pallets on fire.”

Fire fighters arrived on scene at 6:36 p.m. to find heavy black smoke noted from the driveway and multiple explosions heard.

HFD reports that access to the structures were difficult because of a large amount of scrap metal.

The fire was deemed under control by 9 p.m.

All structures on the property were completely destroyed, according to fire officials.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.

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