Police say Kihei vehicle fires intentionally set

KIHEI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui police say that three vehicle fires overnight in Kihei were intentionally set.

The three fires all happened in a span of five hours, from 10 p.m. until 2:23 a.m.

The first fire was reported at 10 p.m. at 851 S. Kihei Road, firefighters say when they arrived on scene

bystanders had extinguished a fire using a water hose. The fire scorched the rear section of a white van in the parking lot of Paradise Gardens ablaze

At 12:50 a.m., firefighters were called to a second alarm, involving a gold Mercury sedan at 143 Namauu Street. Firefighters extinguished that fire at 1:22 a.m.

The third alarm was called in at 2:23 a.m., firefighters found a GM Jeep Wrangler engulfed in flames.
The fire at 555 Kaukahi St. Wailea Hotel (formerly Diamond Resort) also impacting a Ford SUV parked next to jeep. That fire was brought under control at 2:34 a.m. and extinguished by 2:50 a.m.

A Fire Inspector who was called to the incident at 555 Kaukahi Street classified the blaze as intentional.

Damage to the Jeep is estimated at $25,000, the Ford suffered $2,500 in damages.

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