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Man arrested at Kalihi house fire, taken for psychiatric evaluation

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:32 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2012

Police arrested a 44-year-old Kalihi man Tuesday at the scene of an early morning house fire in Kalihi.

The man was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said. 

Police have opened an arson investigation into the fire that caused $75,000 worth of damage to the two-story home in Kalihi this morning.

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Ten people — nine adults and one child — lived in the nine-bedroom home, built in 2004, at 1520 Leilani St. Fire damaged the second floor of the structure.

The call for the two-alarm fire came in at 6:10 a.m. and was extinguished less than an hour later, Capt. Gary Lum, Honolulu Fire department spokesman said.

One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Red Cross is assisting the home's residents.

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