Officials: Lab School Fire Was Arson

Chopper 8 view of the fire which destroyed part of the UH Lab School
Chopper 8 view of the fire which destroyed part of the UH Lab School

(KHNL) -- The investigation of a fire that gutted a Manoa school causing millions of dollars in damage has now turned into a criminal investigation.

Honolulu police are busy building a case against the arsonist responsible for burning the UH Lab School to the ground.

Fire investigators are done looking at the charred remains, and looking into the cause.  They determined the lab school fire was not accidental.

Investigators were able to pin point where the fire began, and they have also interviewed some eye witnesses, but police are not giving out details of what they know in hopes of catching the criminal responsible for more than six million dollars in damage.

"Sometimes we need to withhold information during the course of the investigation to keep the integrity of the investigation," said Honolulu Police Captain Frank Fujii.

As the investigation continues, so does the outpouring of support for the UH Lab School.

While the school itself is still strugglin to find classrooms and office space, more than $21,000 has been donated to the UH Foundadtion by the community to help the school rise from the ashes.

In addition, there is a fundraiser already being planned.  It will take place at the end of the summer as the school scrambles to get ready for the fall semester.