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Firefighters Battle New Year’s Eve Fires Across the Island

Across Maui County, during the period beginning at 8 a.m., December 31 until 5 p.m., January 1, fire crews responded to two brush fires in Kahului, and five rubbish bin fires all on Maui.

The two brush fires were smaller than a 40 ft. area. One brush fire was on Polani St. and the other was in behind homes on Maklii St. near the Maui Lani Golf Course. Only the Polani St. fire could be confirmed as fireworks related, where children were seen playing and running away after the fire started.

There were five rubbish bin fires across Maui, in Kihei, Lahaina, Kaanapali, Napili, and Pukalani. Only one could be confirmed as fireworks related. A trash can next to a home on Wena Pl. in Napili caught fire and burned two other trash cans and the side of the home. The homeowner said expended fireworks thought to be extinguished were discarded into the trash can. It caused about $2,000 in damage to the home siding and three trash cans.

Residents are reminded to properly extinguish fireworks before discarding them into trash containers by first submerging them in a bucket of water or thoroughly soaking them down with a garden hose. Unless you are absolutely sure discarded fireworks are completely extinguished, residents should always place their trash containers at least 30 feet away from any structure in the event that it catches fire.

There were no fireworks related injuries or medical health complaints across Maui County during the same period.

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