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July 3, 1987
Firefighters battled to contain a wind-whipped brush fire on Hawaii Island that destroyed six beach homes and forced several hundred people to flee--the worst of 760 wildfires that have erupted this week in seven Western states. In Hawaii, the fire that had started at the north end of the Puako area in South Kohala quickly swept to the southern end, a Hilo Fire Department spokeswoman said, gutting the six homes and damaging others.
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January 4, 1993 | from Associated Press
The U.S. Army's chemical weapons disposal plant on Johnston Atoll was closed following a fire in a containment area where a mustard gas shell was being dismantled, an Army spokesman said. No one was in the area and there were no injuries, said John Fairbank, a spokesman for the Army. Explosive material used to detonate the artillery shell caught fire Saturday as it was being removed, Fairbank said. The fire burned itself out, he said.
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May 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Star of the Sea Church was moved as a lava flow burned through the heart of this picturesque beach town Friday, more than seven years after Kilauea Volcano began its latest eruption. The flow picked up speed and advanced more than 200 yards overnight, but so far it has bypassed the Kalapana Store and Drive-Inn and the Kalapana Mauna Kea Congregational Church. The lava was moving behind both structures, and was beginning to rise along the Congregational church's wall that abutted a meeting hall.
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September 3, 1990 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Hasegawa General Store collapsed in a suspicious predawn fire last month, Hana felt like it had lost a member of the family. Townspeople came all week to pay their respects. "Part of the heart of Hana died with that store," sighed Bob Vogele, head of the Hana Community Assn. For three generations, Hasegawa General Store has been this remote Hawaiian town's lifeline to the world, supplying everything from poi to pick axes. Overnight, it was gone.
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April 25, 1990 | Associated Press
Lava from Kilauea Volcano torched two more homes in this coastal Hawaii Island community. A fiery stream of molten rock moved through the Kalapana Gardens subdivision early Tuesday and incinerated a one-story frame house, Civil Defense officials said. The lava overtook another home late Monday. The lava was flowing eastward, toward the heart of the tract, and authorities said that 120 other houses are in or near its current path.
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January 4, 1993 | from Associated Press
The U.S. Army's chemical weapons disposal plant on Johnston Atoll was closed following a fire in a containment area where a mustard gas shell was being dismantled, an Army spokesman said. No one was in the area and there were no injuries, said John Fairbank, a spokesman for the Army. Explosive material used to detonate the artillery shell caught fire Saturday as it was being removed, Fairbank said. The fire burned itself out, he said.
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April 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Lava from Kilauea Volcano incinerated two homes in this rural Hawaii Island community Wednesday and was menacing at least four others. Authorities said that many more houses could be destroyed. Residents of 59 of the 125 houses have been ordered to evacuate, and civil defense officials said those remaining should be ready to pack their belongings and get out within 72 hours.
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August 15, 1990 | Associated Press
The Hasegawa General Store, a Maui Island landmark that was a must-visit for adventurous tourists, burned to the ground early Tuesday. The store had been in operation for nearly 90 years. It served both residents of this isolated community on Maui's eastern shore and tourists who braved the narrow, winding road to visit the grave of aviator Charles Lindbergh in nearby Kipahulu. The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. and burned out of control for more than two hours.
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April 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lava slowly flowing from Kilauea Volcano through a remote housing area on the island of Hawaii sent four more houses up in flames. Civil Defense officials put the number of homes destroyed in Kalapana Gardens since April 4 at 32, or about a quarter of the subdivision's homes. Two separate flows were joining together, and the lava surges caused Civil Defense officials to extend blockades and to warn residents of the possibility of large methane gas explosions.
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September 3, 1990 | SUSAN ESSOYAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Hasegawa General Store collapsed in a suspicious predawn fire last month, Hana felt like it had lost a member of the family. Townspeople came all week to pay their respects. "Part of the heart of Hana died with that store," sighed Bob Vogele, head of the Hana Community Assn. For three generations, Hasegawa General Store has been this remote Hawaiian town's lifeline to the world, supplying everything from poi to pick axes. Overnight, it was gone.
NEWS
August 15, 1990 | Associated Press
The Hasegawa General Store, a Maui Island landmark that was a must-visit for adventurous tourists, burned to the ground early Tuesday. The store had been in operation for nearly 90 years. It served both residents of this isolated community on Maui's eastern shore and tourists who braved the narrow, winding road to visit the grave of aviator Charles Lindbergh in nearby Kipahulu. The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. and burned out of control for more than two hours.
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May 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Star of the Sea Church was moved as a lava flow burned through the heart of this picturesque beach town Friday, more than seven years after Kilauea Volcano began its latest eruption. The flow picked up speed and advanced more than 200 yards overnight, but so far it has bypassed the Kalapana Store and Drive-Inn and the Kalapana Mauna Kea Congregational Church. The lava was moving behind both structures, and was beginning to rise along the Congregational church's wall that abutted a meeting hall.
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April 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lava slowly flowing from Kilauea Volcano through a remote housing area on the island of Hawaii sent four more houses up in flames. Civil Defense officials put the number of homes destroyed in Kalapana Gardens since April 4 at 32, or about a quarter of the subdivision's homes. Two separate flows were joining together, and the lava surges caused Civil Defense officials to extend blockades and to warn residents of the possibility of large methane gas explosions.
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April 25, 1990 | Associated Press
Lava from Kilauea Volcano torched two more homes in this coastal Hawaii Island community. A fiery stream of molten rock moved through the Kalapana Gardens subdivision early Tuesday and incinerated a one-story frame house, Civil Defense officials said. The lava overtook another home late Monday. The lava was flowing eastward, toward the heart of the tract, and authorities said that 120 other houses are in or near its current path.
NEWS
April 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Lava from Kilauea Volcano incinerated two homes in this rural Hawaii Island community Wednesday and was menacing at least four others. Authorities said that many more houses could be destroyed. Residents of 59 of the 125 houses have been ordered to evacuate, and civil defense officials said those remaining should be ready to pack their belongings and get out within 72 hours.
NEWS
July 3, 1987
Firefighters battled to contain a wind-whipped brush fire on Hawaii Island that destroyed six beach homes and forced several hundred people to flee--the worst of 760 wildfires that have erupted this week in seven Western states. In Hawaii, the fire that had started at the north end of the Puako area in South Kohala quickly swept to the southern end, a Hilo Fire Department spokeswoman said, gutting the six homes and damaging others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1996
I couldn't agree with you more that homeowners across the nation should press for a federal disaster insurance program ("Disaster Insurance: The Job Is Too Big for the States," editorial, Oct. 14). The insurance industry has been struck by several major natural disasters in rapid succession since Hurricane Hugo. It doesn't take a math genius to figure out that the insurance companies will either have to manage their exposure in disaster-prone areas or face insolvency. Fortunately, the Natural Disaster Protection Partnership Act is sitting in Congress right now, awaiting debate and passage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1994 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His first storm was Hurricane Alicia in Houston, 1983. He forged friendships during the Oakland fire of 1991 and renewed them the next March during the hailstorm in Orlando, Fla. He would have gone to Hawaii after Hurricane Iniki but he was too busy in Miami in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. On the morning of Jan. 17, even his mechanic in Peterborough, Ontario, knew where Geoff Montreuil was headed next. "He said: 'Aren't you going to Los Angeles?' I said what for?
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