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Hawaii County police arrest man in Hawaiian Acres arson case


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Hawaii County police have arrested a Puna man in connection with a suspicious fire Friday in Hawaiian Acres.

At 10:48 a.m. Friday, patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at Alulu Road and Oʻoaʻa Road. The fire was extinguished, but not before causing extensive damage to the structure. A Fire Department investigator determined that the fire was suspicious.

Investigation by detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section led to the arrest at 1:30 p.m. Monday of a 26-year-old Kurtistown man on suspicion of arson while detectives continue the investigation with the assistance of a fire inspector.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or email him at wcarter@hawaiicounty.gov. Witnesses may also call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311.

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