Building fire in Kahului causes $1M in damage

KAHULUI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fire fighters from Wailuku, Paia and Kahului battled a blaze in Monday that caused $1 million in damage to a building near the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center.

According to Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga the fire at the old "Maui Pine" offices in Kahului was first reported at 6:21 a.m. at 161 South Wakea Avenue.

Crews arrived to find flames shooting from the south end of the 180-foot by 30-foot metal building.

Mainaga says the building sustained damage to half of the structure, with the other half of the building sustaining heavy smoke damage.

The fire was called under control at 9:37 a.m. and extinguished at 11:52 a.m. The building was recently purchased by Easter Seals, and was undergoing renovations.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.

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