Fire investigators have determined that a deadly Kalihi Valley house fire was intentionally set.
The man who allegedly attacked a firefighter at the scene of the blaze, 58-year-old Daniel Manuel, appeared at District Court today on charges of arson and murder in connection with the fire on Monday.
Manuel has been charged with first-degree arson and second-degree murder. His bail was set at $1 million and his preliminary hearing has been set for Friday at District Court.
Fire investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set, according to Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Kevin Mokulehua. However, the origin of the fire has yet to be determined.
The fire department will be transferring the case to police, Mokulehua said.
Police arrested Manuel after a two-alarm fire occurred at the multi-unit, multistory dwelling at 2934 Kalihi St. at about 1:52 a.m. Firefighters found the body of a man inside the living room after crews brought the fire under control.
The victim’s name is pending notification of next of kin, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
A witness told law enforcement that he saw Manuel pour a flammable liquid in one of the bedrooms. He allegedly attacked one of the responding firefighters. Firefighters and a witness detained Manuel until police arrived.
Damage to the structure and its contents is estimated at $240,000.