Hawaii lava flow destroys first home

Hawaii officials: Lava burns first home
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  • Lava from Kilauea volcano engulfed a house, USGS says
  • The residents had long evacuated and cleared out belongings
  • There are not other homes nearby in any danger, officials say
  • Officials can only watch the lava flow and warn residents
Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano engulfed a home today in Pahoa village, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It's the first home to be destroyed by the lava flow.
The residents had long evacuated and cleared out their belongings, officials said.
"The lava spread out and ignited the house before noon local time," said USGS spokeswoman Janet Baab. "There are no other homes in imminent danger. We are watching the flow closely and continue to monitor it."
There is nothing residents can do about the 2,000-degree Fahrenheit river of lava that's been inching towards their town since June 27.
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While the main lava flow has been stalled for a week, a smaller side flow of lava oozed out toward the home, according to Hawaii County's Civil Defense Agency.
"It's very difficult for the homeowners, because it's a stop-and-go phenomenon," said Darryl Oliveira, the civil defense agency's administrator.
Evacuation advisories for residents down slope of the lava flow will continue as needed, officials said.
Kilauea has been an active volcano since 1983.