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Fire closes Wailuku gymnasium; arson investigation opened

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WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Maui fire officials have opened an arson investigation into a fire at the Wailuku gymnasium Thursday. 

A spokesperson for the Maui Fire Department said the fire was reported around 7:45 a.m. after residents saw smoke coming out of the gym's roof.

When firefighters arrived, they found a fire burning in a trashcan inside the gym. The flames also damaged a portion of the lower bleachers. 

It took crews about 20 minutes to extinguish the fire. It caused about $1,500 in damage. 

A preliminary investigation reveled the fire was intentionally set. The case has been turned over to Maui police. 

The gym will remain closed until further notice.

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