Fire that scorched Chinatown building, van was intentionally set

Investigators with the Honolulu Fire Department have determined a two-alarm fire that broke out in Chinatown Wednesday morning was intentionally set.

The case has been turned over to the Honolulu Police Department.

The fire broke out just before 6 a.m. at an unoccupied single-story commercial building at 930 Kekaulike Street.

Seven fire companies staffed with 26 personnel responded.

Crews arrived to find smoke and flames emanating from the front of the building and a nearby parked van had ignited.

The fire was brought under control by 6:12 a.m. and fully extinguished at 6:24 a.m.

A 63-year-old man received minor burns and was treated at the scene. No one else was hurt.

Damage was estimated at $15,000 for the building, $5,000 for its contents, and $11,000 for the van.

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