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Man arrested as murder suspect in Liliha fire

By Rob Shikina

LAST UPDATED: 7:02 a.m. HST, Mar 4, 2011

Police arrested a 43-year-old man in connection with an arson last month in Liliha that killed a 76-year-old man.

James Kimo Moses, who has no local address, was found at a homeless camp at Ahui and Olomehani streets  at 3 p.m. Thursday. Police arrested him on suspicion of second-degree murder, arson and promoting dangerous drugs.

The fire happened at a rooming house at 1909 Liliha St. about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 2 and left 22 people homeless. 

Clarence Isobe was pulled out of the two-story, wooden building and died that day at the hospital of burns. Two other people were treated and released.

Honolulu fire investigators determined the fire was intentionally set outside the residence, and damage was estimated at $300,000.

Isobe lived in the back of the second floor. His body was found at the front of the second floor and he may have been trying to get out when he was overcome by smoke and heat.

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