17-year-old boy charged in connection to school fire on Maui

WAILUKU, Hawaii — A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with arson in connection to the Maui elementary school fire that caused $1.2 million in damage.

The boy was charged on Friday with two counts of first-degree arson, three counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree attempted burglary and two counts of fourth-degree criminal property damage. The boy was ordered to be taken to the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility on Oahu.

The fire on Nov. 24 destroyed six classrooms and closed Kahului Elementary School for more than a week. Police and fire investigators immediately suspected arson.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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