The Maui Fire Department responded to two separate fires Thursday in the Honokohau Valley area.
The first fire broke out at approximately 2:43 p.m. When crews got there, they found a 16’x16′ single-story residential structure fully engulfed with flames. The home was located approximately a half mile up the valley road from Honoapiilani Highway.
The structure had previously been washed from its original location 100 yards upland by flood waters associated with Tropical Storm Olivia. The tenants and nearby neighbors had been removing items from the structure earlier in the day, and had planned to move the home over the weekend. About two hours after they were done removing items, the structure went up in flames. No one was in the home at the time.
A few hours later at approximately 7:12 p.m., a fire broke out in a 16’x25′ two-story home located a mile up the valley road. Firefighters also found a 10’x10′ pile of burning wood, vegetation and miscellaneous items on fire about 50 yards southwest of the house fire. Both fires were eventually extinguished.
The second home had been unoccupied since flood and the owner was planning to fix it up. Both homes are owned by the same person.
The cause for each fire is under investigation. Damage is estimated at $40,000 for each structure.
Fire officials say there is a high probability that these fires were intentionally set. The Maui Police Department is following up on the investigation.