comscore Fatal Ewa Beach house fire found to be intentionally set | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Fatal Ewa Beach house fire found to be intentionally set

  • ROBERT SHIKINA / RSHIKINA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A fire at this Pololia Street house on Jan. 7 started in a second-story bedroom.

Honolulu fire investigators concluded an Ewa Beach house fire where one man died was intentionally set.

The fire occurred on Jan. 7 at a two-story home on 91-1050 Pololia St. The man who died in the fire was identified as 24-year-old Neil Gibbs.

The case has been turned over to police.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause and manner of death are pending an ongoing investigation.

The fire occurred at about 4:40 a.m. on Jan. 7. Gibbs’ cousin said his brother kicked down Gibbs’ locked bedroom door but could only see flames. The fire was too intense, forcing family members to evacuate the home.

Firefighters brought the fire under control just before 5 a.m. and found Gibbs’ body inside the room where the fire started.

Gibbs was an online marketer and left behind a 2-year-old daughter.

Damage to the structure and contents was estimated at $200,000.

Comments (3)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Leave a Reply

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up