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Lava from Hawaii volcano ignites home in Big Island town
Lava from Hawaii volcano ignites home in Big Island town

A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow approach for months. The molten rock hit the house just before noon, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. The home's renters already had left the residence in Pahoa, the largest town in the Big Island's isolated and mostly agricultural Puna district. It took about 45 minutes for the home to be destroyed by the lava, Oliveira said.  The lava from Kilauea volcano emerged from a vent in June and entered Pahoa on Oct. 26, when it crossed a country road at the edge of town. Since then, it has smothered part of a cemetery and burned down a...

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