HPD opens arson investigation into early-morning fire in Wahiawa

HFD investigating early-morning blaze that damaged state offices in Wahiawa

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police say they’ve opened a first-degree arson case after a two-alarm fire that ripped through a state office in Wahiawa early Tuesday.

Firefighters say the blaze broke out just before 2:30 a.m. at the Wahiawa Women, Infants and Children office on California Avenue.

“I think the original dispatch came in as a rubbish fire,” said Paul Fukuda, HFD battalion chief. “When they arrived here, the front building was pretty much fully involved. It’s two structures. The front building was a larger structure, U-shaped with a little walkway separating another structure on the back side.”

Laura Morihara, the local agency coordinator, said she was concerned about breast pumps — which are loaned to mothers with premature babies — that were inside.

All of their clients’ personal information is safe, she said.

“Everything is on computers and saved,” Morihara said. “I want to assure our clients that we will be contacting them as soon as there’s a way to set that up. But right now, it’s just a shock to see our building — it’s a complete loss.”

No injuries were reported. Damage estimates were not immediately available.

So far, no arrests have been made, according to HPD investigators.

A portion of California Avenue was temporarily shut down, but it has since been reopened.

This story will be updated.

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