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Maui police arrest man suspected of setting fire to abandoned Kihei house

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  • VIDEO COURTESY COUNTY OF MAUI

    This video provided by the County of Maui shows the remnants of an abandoned house in Kihei that was destroyed by a large fire.

Maui police arrested a 40-year-old man in connection with an arson investigation involving a fire at an abandoned house in Kihei.

Police and firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire in the 900 block of South Kihei Road at about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday.

When they arrived, the structure was engulfed in flames, the Maui Police Department said.

Firefighters brought the fire under control at about 10:15 p.m. and extinguished it. Damage was estimated at $28,000.

No neighboring structures were damaged in the fire and no injuries were reported, police said.

Officers located the 40-year-old man near South Road and Hoonani Street while conducting welfare checks on area residents. Police arrested him on suspicion of first-degree arson.

Police noted the suspect is known to frequent the Kihei area.

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