Authorities search for possible arsonist after small fires at state buildings

Damage was seen at one of the sites of the fires.
Damage was seen at one of the sites of the fires.(HNN)
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 5:03 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police are searching for a possible arsonist who may have targeted three state offices.

The Honolulu Fire Department said they responded to small fires at the Hawaii Supreme Court, the State Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Taxation. Officials say the fires happened between Sunday and early Monday morning.

The fire caused damage to an outside door of the Judiciary History Center Office and smoke filled the building, triggering the smoke alarm. There was also another fire that was put out on a window sill. Damage at this scene was estimated at $40,000

No serious injuries were reported and HFD put the fire out within minutes.

HFD said the second fire at 425 Queen St., the Office of the Attorney General, was also connected. Flames damaged a Queen Street-facing doorway.

And at 830 Punchbowl Street, the location of the Department of Taxation, another fire was also deemed incendiary.

Honolulu police are investigating all three incidents and arson cases are ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the fires may contact CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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