Man arrested in Puna house fire


Police have arrested a 26-year-old Puna man in connection with a fire that destroyed a Hawaiian Acres home on Friday.

At 10:48 a.m. Friday, patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire on Road 6 in Hawaiian Acres. The fire was extinguished, but not before causing the structure to be deemed a total loss. A Fire Department investigator determined that the origin of the fire was suspicious.

Investigation by Hilo Criminal Investigations Section detectives led to the arrest Monday afternoon of Justin James Clark of Kurtistown. Clark is being held at the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of arson while detectives continue the investigation with the assistance of a fire inspector.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wcarter@hawaiicounty.gov. Witnesses may also call the department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Those who prefer anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

 

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