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Arson Investigation Launched into Waiheʻe Structure Fire

March 2, 2015, 11:07 PM HST
* Updated March 2, 11:48 PM
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By Maui Now Staff

An arson investigation has been launched into a structure fire reported on Sunday morning in Waiheʻe.

The fire burned a section of a single-story home under construction, causing an estimated $15,000 in damage, fire officials said.

The incident was reported by an area resident who saw smoke coming from the area at 9:22 a.m. on Sunday, March 1.

Fire crews arrived on the scene at 9:32 a.m., but could not make access down the narrow dirt road leading to the 1,800-square-foot home located at 2594 Kahekili Highway, according to department reports.

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Upon arrival, fire officials say crews found that a section of the home had caught fire, but had nearly burned itself out.

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Acting Fire Services Officer Edward Taomoto said fire crews left the fire truck on the highway, walked in about 400 yards, and used a garden hose and portable water extinguisher to douse the smoldering fire.

According to Taomoto, the wooden structure was still under construction and had not yet been occupied.

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