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Kailua house fires cause $86,500 in damage

Leila Fujimori

Honolulu Fire Department investigators determined that the five Kailua fires that burned five houses overnight on Dec. 14 totaled an estimated $86,500 in damage.

Four of the five fires were intentionally set, HFD investigators found. The fifth fire remains under investigation, HFD said today in a news release.

Residents were inside four of the homes at the time of the fires, but managed to escape without major injuries, officials said.

The fires occurred between the hours of 10:51 p.m. Dec. 14 to 2:25 a.m. Dec. 15.

The Wanaao Road fire, which received the most damage at an estimated $60,000, was the only blaze of the five that remains under investigation. Five people were home at the time. Residents pulled a woman through a window before firefighters got there. A woman was treated for smoke inhalation.

The four remaining fires are:

>> The Hui Street fire caused less than $500 in damage.

>> The first fire broke out in a home’s detached garage on Nanialii Street, and received an estimated $20,000 in damage.

>> The Kawainui Street fire caused $1,000 in damage.

>> And the Maluniu Avenue fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.

Anyone with information on any of the fires is asked to contact the Honolulu Police Department, which is pursuing arson cases.

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