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Maui Firefighters Investigate Suspicious Lahaina Blazes

June 7, 2012, 8:01 AM HST
* Updated June 7, 8:03 AM
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Lahaina fire station. File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Maui firefighters are investigating two suspicious brush fires in West Maui reported overnight.

The first was reported at 11:56 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, across from the intermediate school on Lahainaluna Road.  The fire burned an estimated 2,500 square feet of brush.  Fire officials say it was under control by 12:16 a.m. and extinguished by 12:57 a.m.

Crews responded to a separate fire at 11:57 p.m. along the Honoapiilani Highway near Papalaua Street.  The fire burned an estimated 500 square feet.  Crews from Ladder 3 had the fire under control by 12:17 a.m. and extinguished by 12:34 a.m.

Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said both fires are “very suspicious” because of the time and proximity.

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There were no witnesses and investigation did not find any devices, Mainaga said.

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