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Surfboards burn in blaze next to historic Waikiki hotel

HONOLULU (AP) — Surfboards stored next to a historic Waikiki hotel went up in flames Sunday for the second time in less than two years.

Firefighters called to the scene found several storage racks of surfboards at a beach alleyway in flames and evacuated the adjacent buildings: the Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Honolulu Police Department’s Waikiki substation.

The blaze scorched the exterior of the hotel, which first opened in 1901, and spread to the substation’s walls, roof and eaves, the Honolulu Fire Department said.

An investigation is underway. Police arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of arson.

Surfer Theresa Strange told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser she lost two boards worth about $2,000 each.