Fire shuts down Maui school with multiple classrooms affected

Kahului Elementary School will be closed Monday, Nov. 27, after a fire broke out on campus.

The two-alarm fire sparked at around 9:33 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

Seven companies responded, and fire investigators were still at the scene Saturday morning.

Fire engulfed multiple buildings while many in the Maui community slept.

Today, pictures show the extent of the damage with multiple classrooms and at least one portable building affected.

State Rep. Justin Woodson, D, Kahului, Puunene, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani, arrived on scene at around 11:15 p.m. Friday, after the fire was brought under control. Fire officials say the fire was extinguished at about 12:50 a.m.

Woodson says on Saturday, he spoke to community members offering their support to the school.

“Obviously members of the community are saddened and they’re concerned because these are our kids. They go to the school and it’s just going to be an inconvenience for them no matter what happens in the future,” Woodson said.

Arson is the suspected cause of the fire. Damage to the buildings was estimated at $900,000 and their contents have an estimated value of $300,000 for a total loss of $1.2 million.

Woodson says in seeing what is left behind, he could tell a great deal was lost in the fire.

“I don’t think the campus is going to be able to absorb those kids into other classrooms. We just have to kind of wait and see, so those are the types of things that are very well going to be discussed on Monday, in the next coming days,” Woodson said.

In total, the DOE lists enrollment at the school at just over 900 students.

The school’s PTSA has set up a fund to help raise money to rebuild. Woodson says the community is already rallying around the school.

GoFundMe page for Kahului Elementary School

Night photo and video provided by Maui 24/7.

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