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Maui firefighters extinguish fifth suspicious cane fire in a month

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:00 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2013

Maui fire officials believe a fire that destroyed half acre of sugar cane in Kihei Monday afternoon may have been intentionally set, the fifth such suspicious cane fire for the area in just over a month.

The fire was reported at 1:40 p.m. near a parking area on North Kihei Road. It was brought under control at 2:07 p.m.

Approximately 26 ares in Kuau were destroyed June 16, causing $100,000 worth of damage.

Other suspicious fires were reported June 13 and June 14 in Central Maui. Damage estimates for crops lost totaled $45,000.

A total four acres acres were destroyed beginning at 10:57 p.m. June 23 at Waikapu.

An hour later, another fire was set a mile above the landfill on Pulehu Road. One acre was destroyed.

Just after midnight June 14, four aces were lost near the Maui Lani Parkway and Kuihelani Highway.

Damages for Monday's fire were estimated at $2,500.

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