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Honolulu police ask for tips after intentionally set blazes

December 17, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu authorities are asking for tips after four different house fires were intentionally set while people were at the respective homes.

The first fire happened late Thursday night and the other fires continued overnight and into Friday morning, according to the Honolulu Fire Department.

A fifth fire is under investigation, Hawaii News Now reported .

While residents were able to escape the blazes without any significant injuries, Honolulu Police Deputy Chief John McCarthy said the bigger concern is that someone would start fires at residences where people were clearly at home.

“It’s pretty brazen,” said McCarthy, adding in at least two cases, the fires were set inside of homes. “It would take a lot of guts to do this. Peoples’ lives were in danger. If this continues, more lives are in danger.”

Police have opened two burglary investigations in addition to the arson cases.

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