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Hawaii police classify Puna house fire as arson

Hawaii County police opened an arson investigation in connection with a fire in Puna last week.

Fire investigators, with the help of a dog from the department’s Arson Canine Team, determined that someone set the fire that destroyed a house Thursday on 38th Avenue in the Orchidland Estates subdivision. The house was valued at an estimated $155,000.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case to contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers may also call the police non-emergency line at 935-3311, or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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