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Arson investigation launched after fire causes $207K in damage to Salt Lake church

Authorities are investigating a fire at a Salt Lake church.
Authorities are investigating a fire at a Salt Lake church.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 4:53 AM HST|Updated: Sep. 6, 2021 at 3:12 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Police Department opened an arson investigation following a fire at a Salt Lake church.

The two-alarm blaze started around 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Philomena Church on Ala Laulani Street.

Honolulu fire officials said flames and heavy smoke were coming from the preschool building on property.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire in about 30 minutes, but two classrooms and a church storage room were damaged.

HFD said the fire caused about $207,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.

Authorities are still searching for a suspect. The preschool is off Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, but the closure will be extended to Tuesday.

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