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Waikiki surfboard storage rack fire is 2nd in recent weeks

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HONOLULU — Fire officials are investigating another blaze at a surfboard rack in Hawai'i's tourist mecca, Waikiki.

The Honolulu Fire Department said crews were extinguishing a fire at a magazine rack around 4 a.m. on Thursday when police alerted them there were surfboards on fire in a nearby alleyway between a shopping center and a hotel.

It was the second time in recent weeks that a Waikiki surfboard rack has burned.

A suspect was arrested for arson after last month's fire burned surfboards stored in racks between a police station and the Moana Surfrider. There was also a fire there less than two years ago.

The October fire destroyed about 500 surfboards and left behind an estimated $650,000 in damage, the fire department said.

Some surfboards burned in Thursday's fire, but the extent of the damage isn't yet clear, KHONreported.

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