Kapalua House Fire “Intentionally” Set

November 22, 2013, 8:52 AM HST · Updated November 22, 3:45 PM
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Maui Police fire investigation vehicle. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Maui Police fire investigation vehicle. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Fire officials say an early morning structure fire and nearby brush fire in Kapalua were both intentionally set, causing an estimated $3,000 in damage to the home, which was unoccupied at the time.

The incident was reported at 2:42 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, just north of DT Fleming Park.

Firefighters from Nāpili and Lahaina were initially dispatched to a report of a brush fire near the park, and arrived to find a small brush fire alongside the roadway, officials said.

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While extinguishing the brush fire, fire personnel noticed that the garage wall and kitchen entryway of a home located at 6245 Honoapiʻilani Highway was involved in flames, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Both fires were quickly brought under control by 3:04 a.m., and the structure fire was called extinguished at 3:52 a.m., according to department reports.

Investigations are being conducted by inspectors with the Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety and the Maui Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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