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Police initiate arson investigation for blaze which destroyed a Puna home


Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated an arson investigation in connection with a fire in Puna last week.

At 5:37 p.m. Thursday (May 30) a structure fire was reported on 38th Avenue in the Orchidland Estates subdivision. The house, valued at an estimated $155,000, was destroyed in the fire.

With the assistance of a a dog from the Hawaiʻi Fire Department’s Arson Canine Team, it was determined that the fire was deliberately set.

The Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section is continuing the arson investigation. They ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or Callers may also call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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