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Arson investigation launched into Kenolio Recreatinal Center Fire

Posted January 15, 2011, 09:06 PM HST Updated January 29, 2011, 02:34 AM HST
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By Wendy Osher

The Maui Fire & Police Dept. have initiated an arson investigation into a fire at the Kenolio Recreational Complex Friday night. The fire, reported at 11:45 p.m., caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the contents, and $100,000 to the structure.

File image by Wendy Osher.

Acting Battalion Chief, Allen Duarte, with the Maui Fire Department said the fire destroyed the majority of one classroom in a 2,400 square-foot, two-classroom structure. There was also damage reported to the shared attic space above the classrooms.

Fire investigators have determined the cause was intentional. Reports noted graffiti on walls and evidence of a break-in, according to incident reports.

“The residents of Kihei and Maalaea are already suffering because of the storm, and we’ve done our best to help them,” said Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa. “So it is especially sad when someone through carelessness or malice intentionally takes something away from the community like this,” said Arakawa.
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An estimated 20 firefighting personnel from four companies were on scene to fight the fire. The response included efforts from the Battalion Chief 1, Engines t, 10 and 14, and Ladder 14.

The last units on scene concluded firefighting efforts at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

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