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Firefighters put out Kihei condo fire

Maui County firefighters responded to an early morning fire Thursday at a Maui condominium in Kihei.

South Maui fire crews responded at about 4:45 a.m. Thursday to the Maui Parkshore condominium at 2653 South Kihei Road. They arrived three minutes later to find heavy, black smoke coming from a fourth-floor apartment unit. The fire was brought under control at 5:05 a.m., and fully extinguished at 5:32 a.m.

The only occupant in the apartment when the fire broke out was a 41-year-old male, who managed to escape on his own. Paramedics treated the man for smoke inhalation at the scene before transporting him to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further treatment.

Investigators did not find any evidence the fire was intentionally set. The cause of the fire has been classified as undetermined.

Estimated damages to the 900-square-foot unit was set at $175,000 to the structure, and $25,000 to its contents. The most damaged areas were in the bedroom area, with the rest affected by significant smoke damage. An adjacent unit sustained minor damage to its glass windows.

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