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HPD arrests owner of boat that went up in flames

The Honolulu Fire Department is investigating a boat fire at the Ala Wai Harbor Monday night (Image: Hawaii News Now) The Honolulu Fire Department is investigating a boat fire at the Ala Wai Harbor Monday night (Image: Hawaii News Now)
A boat that went up in flames Monday night at Ala Wai Boat Harbor was not allowed to be moored there. (Image: Hawaii News Now) A boat that went up in flames Monday night at Ala Wai Boat Harbor was not allowed to be moored there. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The owner of the 36-foot vessel that went up in flames Monday night at Ala Wai Boat Harbor was arrested on Thursday for not having a valid mooring permit.

The boat's owner, Salvatore Di Amore, had been cited at least a year ago, Hawaii News Now has learned. The vessel, "No Faith," was located at the 800 row at the harbor and went up in flames about 8:30 p.m.

Dozens of firefighters responded, bringing the fire under control about 9:12 p.m. The boat later sank.

Di Amore said he was not on board when the fire broke out.

He said he had gotten into an argument with a friend, demanded everyone get off his boat and left to go for a walk.

"I can't see why she would burn my boat down for the reason we argued, but the statements that were made to her friend right before the boat burned, it kind of sounds like she could have started the fire," Di Amore said. "She said that I wouldn't burn her ever again and that she was going to get even with me. Or something like that."

When he came back, he saw all the emergency vehicles at the harbor. 

Di Amore said he lived on the boat, though he did not have permission to do so, according to the state. Court documents show he had been cited at least a year ago for storing his boat at the harbor. 

Despite the massive flames, firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other boats. One boat did sustain damage when No Faith's mast fell on it, the owner reported. 

Witnesses told Hawaii News Now they heard explosions at the time of the fire.

"As soon as we came up we saw the boat completely engulfed in flames and the mast falls on the boat next to it, and that's the scariest thing I think for those of us that have their boats here," witness Patricia Kesling-Wood said.

HFD said no injuries were reported.

A U.S. Coast Guard representative was sent to assess any possible environmental impacts from the fire. Meanwhile, the state said it was checking with the boat's owner to see if has insurance. 

Damage estimates are not yet available, and the fire is currently under investigation.

“Scofflaws be aware, we will hold violators accountable for their actions and physically arrest them if necessary “, said DLNR Deputy Enforcement Chief Jason Redulla, in a statement concerning Di Amore's arrest.

Di Amore’s bail was set at $150.

This story will be updated.

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