An early morning fire that torched a town house in the Pearl City Peninsula Navy Housing Sunday morning was believed to be intentionally set.
According to Navy officials and the Honolulu Fire Department, the fire started just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday in a town house on Lowella Avenue.
When firefighters arrived arrived they found the garage of the home fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished at approximately 4:15, but flared back up around 6:30 a.m.
No serious injuries were reported.
A total of 11 people were affected by the fire, including four families.
One of the families opted to return to their home while the other three are being assisted by the Red Cross and military aide organizations.
Fire investigators contacted Honolulu Police once it was determined that the fire was intentionally set. Initial reports indicate the fire began in a carport, but how the fire was ignited was not released pending a police investigation.
Both car ports, the first floor and a porch of the two-story home were heavily damaged, sustaining $70,000 worth of damage. The two adjoining units suffered smoke and water damage estimated at $10,000 each.