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Arson, burglary investigations opened following Waipahu fire

Island Landscaping and Maintenance Island Landscaping and Maintenance

WAIPAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Fire Department said a fire that burned two work trucks at a Waipahu business Monday morning appears to have been intentionally set.

"There was evidence that flammable liquid had spread the fire to the trucks that were involved in the fire," fire Capt. Terry Seelig said.

The torched trucks were Ford pickups that belong to Island Landscaping and Maintenance Inc.  the company is located in the 94-000 block of Farrington Highway.

Firefighters responded to the alarm at 2:55 a.m. The fire was extinguished at 3:30 a.m.

An employee told Hawaii News Now vandals used the company's forklift to flip over two other vehicles.

Seelig said fire investigators saw more evidence of criminal activity.

"They saw that there had been what had appeared to be rummaging through several other cars that weren't involved in the fire, and what appeared to be some entry into a container," he said.

Patrick Kuniyoshi, the company's owner and president, declined to be interviewed. Island Landscaping and Maintenance has been in business since 1978. It's Waipahu yard is secluded and bordered by on and off ramps. The chain link fence that surrounds the property isn't very tall.

"Maybe they come on from the backside," the employee said.

He said this is the second time this year Island Landscaping has been vandalized.

The fire department estimates the damage to the burned trucks at $9,000. Police are investigating.

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