Second Maui fire classified as arson

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A second fire broke out on Maui around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12.

Around 8 p.m. the Maui Police Department later classified the fire as arson and opened an investigation.

The second fire was located by the new Safeway on Hookele Street. As of 5:45 p.m., the fire was 35 percent contained, said fire officials.

It was estimated to have burned about 200 acres.

“We’re working on securing the perimeter,” said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro.

Two abandoned structures in the brush were destroyed, he said.

There were no other reports of structural damage or injuries.

Due to the Puunene fire, Hansen Road has been closed. Evacuations have been also been made for Hookele Street and Target in Kahului. Reportedly, Lowes has also voluntarily closed and evacuated the area.

Maui Police had asked for the public’s assistance in locating a truck that was seen leaving the scene of the Hookele fire.

On Tuesday, July 16, Maui Police said that they had contacted the operator of that truck and determined that they were not a suspect in the investigation.

Police are still looking for any information that the public has to assist in the investigation.

Tips can be emailed to fire.damage@mpd.net or you can message your contact information on our MPD Facebook page. You can also call (808)244-6434 or 911 in an emergency.

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