Malicious Fire Damages Hawaiian Canoe Club HaleJuly 27, 2012, 7:56 AM HST · Updated July 27, 12:13 PM 0 Comments
By Wendy Osher
Fire officials on Maui say a structure fire at the Hawaiian Canoe Club hale in Kahului was maliciously set.
The blaze, reported at around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012, burned a 100-square-foot section of the structure and caused an estimated $3,000 in damage, authorities said.
Witnesses told authorities that they saw a male in his late teens taking a cigarette lighter to the roof covering, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The structure was damaged before the fire was brought under control by the activation of a fire sprinkler system.
Crews from Engine 10 and Rescue 10 out of Kahului responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze by 9 p.m.
A brand new outrigger canoe, which was stored in the structure was also partially damage.
The cause of the fire was declared intentional.