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Homeowner who set his house on fire charged with first-degree arson


    Christopher Paikai

A 50-year-old Kapahulu man was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson for setting his own house on fire.

Police had arrested Christopher K. Paikai at 10:50 a.m. Sunday on 4th Avenue on suspicion of first-degree arson.

He was charged by prosecutors on Tuesday, and his bail was set at $100,000.

City property tax records show Paikai is one of the owners of the property at 3257 Brokaw St.

The blaze started with a vehicle fire in the garage at about 9:45 a.m., then spread to the two-story house, causing heavy damage.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 40 minutes.

No one was found in the house, although a man was reportedly living there.

Fire investigators determined the blaze was intentionally set and damage to the home was estimated to be $640,000.

The house was recently put up for sale, neighbors said. listed the price for the house at $1 million.

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