Things we lost in the fire.
Do you recall the mid-2000s tragedy Things We Lost in the Fire starring Benny of the Bull and Halle Berry? My recollections are vague though I do remember heroin somehow being involved. In any case, a few evenings ago a man torched a surfboard rack behind a police substation in Waikiki that held well over 500 boards.
Per the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Mayor Kirk Caldwell is asking the public for information about the person who started a fire that destroyed about 525 surfboards and damaged nearby buildings Thursday night in Waikiki.
Police opened a first-degree arson investigation in the fire that began about 8:20 p.m. near the Waikiki police substation at 2425 Kalakaua Ave. Fifty-four firefighters responded with 13 units and found the surfboard rack fully engulfed in flames, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Jeff Roache.
The fire was extinguished at 9:17 p.m. A fire damage estimate is pending.
Roache said in a statement that the fire destroyed all the surfboards in the storage rack, which is operated by the city. The rack also sustained extreme damage.
Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enright said the destruction included five rescue boards used by city lifeguards for a loss of $6,000.
A video showing the suspect has just been released.
Now, fire is very bad and destroying other people’s property should almost always be frowned upon but…
…oh no “buts” at all except…
… just one observation. Many of the burned boards appear to possibly be SUPs and/or 12-foot longboards.
More as the story develops.