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Investigators say Makaha carport fire intentionally set

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:09 p.m. HST, Jan 11, 2012

Fire investigators believe that the fire that destroyed a late-model car and a carport in Makaha early this morning was intentionally set.

Capt. Terry Seelig, Honolulu Fire Department spokesman, said investigators believe the fire was started in the car. He said the case has been turned over to police.

It was the second time this week that a car parked in the carport at 84-738A Lahaina St. caught fire, but firefighters were again able to prevent the blaze from extending to the home.

The alarm in today's fire was turned in a 3:14 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the home at 3:22 a.m. and had the fire under control three minutes later.

Seelig said the fire started in a 2010 Camero parked in an open-sided carport which is not attached to the house.

One person was home at the time, but no one was injured. The home was not damaged. Seelig said damage to the car and carport was set at $40,000.

Fire investigators are also still trying to determine the cause of a Monday car fire that caused an estimated $160,000 in damage to a Lanikai garage and $150,000 to the contents, including a car, Seelig said. The fire started in a BMW parked in the garage of beachside Lanikai home at 884 Mokulua Drive.

Firefighters were able to save the three-bedroom, $1.4 million home, confining the blaze to the garage. Two adults and a child escaped injury.

City tax assessors value the property at $4.3 million, with the home valued at $1.4 million. The home, known as Hale Hikina, is listed on luxury vacation rental websites as renting for $1,800 a night.

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