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Brush fire burns sugar cane on Maui

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A brushfire burned about 10 acres of cane field in Paia early yesterday morning, Maui County officials reported.

Firefighters responded to the 1:22 a.m. fire at the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. site on Baldwin Avenue between Paia Elementary School and Rainbow County Park, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said.

Plantation workers helped firefighters battle the blaze, which was declared under control by 3:30 a.m., Antone said. The cause of the fire is still  under investigation. The fire may have started close to Baldwin Avenue. The cane burned was close to harvest and the company may be able to salvage some of the crop, officials said.

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