Honolulu Fire Department Says Another Hotel Fire Intentionally Set

Aug 7, 2019

Honolulu fire investigators say a fire at the Hilton Hawaiian Grand Waikikian hotel Tuesday night was intentionally set. It is the second hotel blaze in as many days determined to have been deliberately started. 

At 8:44 p.m., firefighters arrived at the 38-floor Grand Waikikian, where they saw no signs of smoke or fire from the outside.

The firefighters found an extinguished fire on the 28th floor that had been put out by hotel security with a fire extinguisher. Hotel occupants on that floor were evacuated before firefighters arrived.

The fire department said the case has been handed over to Honolulu police.

Police are also investigating a fire at the Holiday Inn Beachcomber Hotel in Waikiki on Monday that firefighters determined was intentionally set. The fire was extinguished but it caused about $1.7 million to the 25-floor building. No one was injured.

Firefighters saw no smoke or flames from the outside when they arrived. But they searched the building and found the fire near a 14th floor storage room.

The high-rise building has automatic fire sprinklers that helped keep the blaze from spreading, the fire department said.

Hawaii News Now reported a third fire at the Alohilani Resort on Sunday is also under investigation.