3 Suspicious Molokaʻi Fires Under Investigation

April 17, 2014, 4:00 PM HST · Updated April 17, 4:00 PM
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MFD logo. Photo by Wendy Osher.

MFD logo. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Firefighters on Molokaʻi battled three separate brush fires within close proximity of each other at Kalamaʻula Mauka at around 10:08 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

The cause of the fires has not yet been determined, but the fires may have been intentionally set, according to Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

When crews arrived on scene, they found three separate fires burning at the location.

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According to department reports, two of the fires located at the corner of Likelike Avenue and Poʻokela Street merged into one fire approximately a quarter acre in size; and a third fire, also a quarter acre in size, was located about 50 yards to the west on Likelike Avenue.

The fires were quickly contained and extinguished, and no damages or injuries were reported, according to Mainaga.

Department officials say crews that were dispatched to the scene included firefighters from Kaunakakai, Hoʻolehua, and Pūkoʻo.

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