Man charged in Puna house fire
Hawaii Island police have charged a 26-year-old Puna man who was arrested Monday in connection with a suspicious fire.
Justin James Clark of Kurtistown was charged at 10 a.m. Tuesday with first-degree arson. His bail was set at $50,000. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.
At 10:48 a.m. Friday, patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at Alulu Road and Oʻoaʻa Road in Hawaiian Acres. The fire was extinguished, but not before causing extensive damage to the structure. A Fire Department investigator determined that the fire was suspicious.
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