Above, home engulfed in lava-ignited fire. Further down are some other images in sequence of the event.
EDIT November 29th:
If you would like to see some of the video footage I took of Jean’s sad loss of home and orchard, this highlighted link to Hawaii News Now will go right to it.
As I shared with you on yesterday’s posting, advancing fields of molten lava were approaching this occupied home all day Friday the 26th, but the lava stalled a mere twenty-feet from reaching the wood structure by 3:00 AM Saturday morning.
Entering her property on November 22nd, the lava took five days to travel 200-feet to her home:
The owner of the home slept in the house Saturday night as the Hilo Fire Department personnel stood watch outside. Police had the access road to the home blocked for all but the residents and emergency vehicles. The public viewing area was closed for a second day.
Around 4:00 PM yesterday lava was licking at one corner of the post-and-pier foundation, engulfing it by 4:30 PM and bringing the second roof of the two seperate but adjoining sections of the home to the ground by 5:30 PM.
This is the 2nd home taken out by this July Quarry Flow, the 1st being Gary Sleik’s on July 25th this year.
The following images tell yesterday's tragic story: Smoke wafts up from a house post burning on the other side at 4:00 PM. Owner gathers some favorite plants from the backyard. In the distance, above the home, we can see the lines of degassing fumes from the lava tubes carrying the lava to her house.
Fire crews do last minute look over of the premises but can do nothing to stop the lava from overtaking the house. (Twenty years earlier, during the 1990-Quarry Flow, fire crews did attempt to squelch molten lava that was advancing onto one home. The experiment did slow down the lava’s progress but ultimately the massive force of the lava could not be contained for long)
5:34 PM, Saturday, November 27, 2010