5 sep­a­rate ve­hi­cle fires re­ported on Maui

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - Star-Advertiser staff

Maui fire­fight­ers Tues­day were called to ex­tin­guish five sep­a­rate early morn­ing fires in­volv­ing aban­doned cars, one of which was be­lieved to be in­ten­tion­ally set.

The first alarm was called in at 2:43 a.m. in Kula on Pulehu Road at Omao­pio Road. Fire­fight­ers found a ve­hi­cle fully en­gulfed by flames on the shoul­der of the road. The cause of the fire was un­de­ter­mined.

An hour later, at 3:45 a.m., two more ve­hi­cle fires were re­ported on East Waiko Road in Waikapu. One was roughly 400 yards west of the Wa­iale Road in­ter­sec­tion, and the other was about 300 yards east of the in­ter­sec­tion. Both were of un­known cause.

At 3:53 a.m. a Kahu­lui en­gine and tanker crew ar­rived at the en­trance to the for­mer Maui Scrap Metal Co. site east of the Wa­iale Road in­ter­sec­tion and found a ve­hi­cle fully en­gulfed in flames. The cause of the fire was un­de­ter­mined.

Wailuku fire­fight­ers crew found a truck on the shoul­der of Waiko Road west of the Wa­iale Road in­ter­sec­tion fully en­gulfed by fire, which spread into the brush. Fire­fight­ers quickly brought the fire un­der con­trol, but not be­fore it burned a 50-by-200-foot area of brush and caused roughly $3,000 in dam­age to a nearby fence. The brush and ve­hi­cle fires were called ex­tin­guished at 4:34 a.m.

A fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor de­ter­mined that that fire was in­ten­tion­ally set and orig­i­nated in the bed of the truck, where a pile of car tires was be­lieved to have been dis­carded.

It was un­known whether the fires were con­nected.

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