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Hawai’ian Authorities Investigating Fires

by Erich Martin

Aug 13, 2019
eFlyer Lead

Waikiki police are investigating three fires that broke out at three different Waikiki hotels on three consecutive nights in the middle of last week. Authorities are investigating the fires as arson.

According to HawaiiNewsNow.com, the most recent fire occurred Tuesday night at Grand Waikikian by Hilton, on Ala Moana. The local fire department confirmed to the outlet the fire was intentionally set. Fire crews arrived just before 9 p.m. and discovered a small, already-extinguished fire on the hotel’s 28th floor. There were no reported injuries.

On Monday, an arson investigation was opened for a fire inside the Waikiki Beachcomber property. According to reporting by HawaiiNewsNow.com, authorities believe the fires were set to create a diversion for room burglaries. On Sunday, a fire was intentionally set at Alohilani Resort.

The local news outlet reports jewelry, designer bags and electronics were stolen from rooms in the Beachcomber during the fire. According to Fox News, the most damaging fire occurred at the Beachcomber, where $1.8 million in damages were reported.

Authorities have a rough approximation of the culprit, as his image was captured on hotel security cameras. In the footage, the man appears to be carrying the spoils of his burgles out of the Beachcomber hotel.

Hotels in Waikiki are now circulating the suspect’s image and urging guests and locals to keep an eye out for someone matching his likeness, according to HawaiiNewsNow.com.

Have you ever stayed at a property that caught fire during your stay, intentional or otherwise? Tell us about it. Email us at [email protected]. Please include your full name and location.

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