Hawaii lava flow

Associated Press
In this image from video provided by the County of Hawaii, lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano burns a residential structure Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Pahoa, Hawaii. 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. 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. (AP Photo/County of Hawaii)

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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 Big Island's isolated and mostly agricultural Puna district.

It took about 45 minutes for the 1,100-square-foot home to burn down, Oliveira said.

"The house has been destroyed," he said.

Earlier in the day, lava burned down a small corrugated steel storage shed on the property, Oliveira said. A garage or barn structure still remained on the property, but it was possible that the lava would also consume it. (AP)

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