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Fire investigators say blaze that destroyed Waipahu home was intentionally set

The Honolulu Fire Department is investigating the cause of a two-alarm blaze that broke out at a home in Waipahu early Wednesday morning.
Published: Mar. 2, 2022 at 5:02 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 3, 2022 at 9:35 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fire investigators have determined a two-alarm blaze early Wednesday that destroyed a Waipahu home and killed a family’s four dogs was intentionally set.

The case has been referred to the Honolulu Police Department.

Authorities said the fire started about 1:30 a.m. on the left exterior of the home.

The occupants of the home were able to flee the flames, with two men ― ages 76 and 55 ― suffering minor smoke inhalation. They refused transport to the hospital.

A two-alarm fire at a home in Waipahu severely damages structure and destroys car parked in...
A two-alarm fire at a home in Waipahu severely damages structure and destroys car parked in garage.(Hawaii News Now)

Angel Maposua says she rushed home after getting a call from her husband about the fire.

“I just pulled up and I was just shocked because of how quick it happened, you know?” she said.

“When I pulled up, the flames were all over the garage, garage was sunken in, crackling, things were all just burning up in flames in there.”

Mopusua said the fire is just the latest tragedy for the family.

She said her daughter’s fiancé, Aigofie Jr. Aigofie, was fatally shot last month near Honowai Neighborhood Park. Police are still searching for a suspect.

“Tragedy after tragedy,” she said.

“We just recently had a candlelight vigil, which was so nice and everything. We have lost a dear loved one, which was my daughter’s fiancé. I still call him my son. He’s been with us the past eight years.”

HFD said the fire was extinguished by 2:10 a.m. A neighboring home incurred slight fire damage. Firefighters estimated the damage caused by the blaze totaled $604,000.

Firefighters credited working smoke detectors for alerting the residents.

The American Red Cross is providing assistance to those displaced by the fire.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for those affected by the fire.

This story will be updated.

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