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Hawaii County police look for man seen near suspicious fire

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    Hawai?i Island police want to question a man whose image was captured on a surveillance video at the scene of a suspicious fire at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Captain Cook.
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Hawaii island police want to question a man who was captured on a surveillance video at the scene of a suspicious fire about 6:10 a.m. Thursday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Captain Cook.

When police arrived, firefighters were on the scene and the north rear entrance was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and determined that it was deliberately set. Damages, estimated at more than $80,000, were limited to the north side of the building.

Detectives are investigating the case as arson.

They recovered a photograph from a surveillance video.

Police ask anyone who knows the identity of the man in the photo or who has any information about the fire to call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or ssmith@co.hawaii.hi.us, or Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, or wahmow@co.hawaii.hi.us. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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