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Arson investigation underway for Ocean View fire, woman arrested


Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated an arson investigation in connection with a fire Wednesday morning in Ocean View.

In response to a 6:02 a.m. call, police arrived at a house fire on the 92-8800 block of Reef Circle Mauka, where firefighters were on the scene. Damage to the structure was estimated at $175,000.

Investigation determined that the fire had been set intentionally. Police arrested the occupant, 36-year-old Emily Smith of Ocean View, on suspicion of first-degree arson.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section will continue the investigation.

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