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Arson Investigation into Pukalani Community Center Fire

January 14, 2013, 8:05 AM HST
* Updated January 14, 10:52 AM
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File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A fire late last night at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community center in Pukalani is being investigated as arson.

Officials say the fire appeared to have started at around 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2013, on the outside of the building near two portable toilets.

Fire officials say damages were estimated at $39,000–including $31,000 in damage to the restroom, and $8,000 in damage to the portables.

Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the 600-square foot restroom located below the swimming pool sustained heavy roof damage with approximately 80% of the structure involved.  He said both portable toilets were completely destroyed.

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The fire was brought under control at 11:57 p.m., and extinguished at 12:23 a.m. on Monday morning, January 14, 2013.

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The incident remains under investigation and has been classified as intentional, Maui fire officials said.

Crews responding to the scene included personnel from the Maui Fire Department’s Engine-5 and Engine-13.

Authorities have confirmed that a separate fire was also reported earlier in the evening at the community center parking lot, and was also considered intentional.

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