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Fourth of July Busy for Maui Fire Crews

In Maui County, between 8:00 a.m. July 4, and 1:30 a.m. July 5, 2017, there were 12 incidents that involved fires. There was only 1 injury related to the use of fireworks that occurred on the evening of July 3rd.

There was a total of 6 trash fires in rubbish bins or other outdoor areas. Three had undetermined causes and three were believed to be fireworks related. All took place on Maui, in the areas of Wailuku, Wailea, Kihei, and Honokowai.

There was a total of 5 brush fires. One occurred on Ala Ekahi St. in Hoolehua, Molokai and was the only brush fire related to fireworks. It’s believed to have been started by aerial fireworks.

The four other brush fires occurred on Maui, in Kihei, Kahului, and Puunene. Three were smaller than 1,000 square feet and one was around 5 acres in size. Three had undetermined causes and one was determined to be intentionally set after a witness reported seeing a male ignite the brush near the canoe hale on North Kihei Road, and then fled the scene.

The 5-acre brush fire occurred at 11:27 p.m., July 4th, off of South Firebreak Rd. next to the Hawaiian Cement facility, a mile east of Mokulele Hwy. That fire’s cause was undetermined. Two engines and two water tankers from Kahului and Wailea were mopping up the area until noon Wednesday.

At 9:04 p.m. at Napili Park in West Maui, a basketball court sustained damages after witnesses saw a group of juveniles set a shopping cart on fire on the court. The shopping cart was valued at $200, and damages to the basketball court surface were estimated at around $1,000.

There was only one fireworks-related injury. On July 3rd, at 8:33 p.m., an 8-year-old girl was brought to the Makawao fire station by her parents. The girl sustained partial thickness burns to her upper back after a firework jumped out of a fire and landed in the girl’s hooded shirt. Paramedics treated the girl, who was released back to the parents after they declined transport to the hospital.

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