Po­lice sus­pect ar­son in fa­tal blaze

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

HONOLULU (AP) — One man died in a Honolulu house fire po­lice sus­pect was in­ten­tion­ally set early Mon­day.

Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the blaze and found the vic­tim, who has not been iden­ti­fied, dead in the liv­ing room of the mul­ti­story home. Sev­eral oth­ers there when the fire broke out were able to es­cape un­in­jured.

Honolulu Po­lice Depart­ment Lt. Phillip Lavarias said a 58-yearold sus­pect also was at the home and tried leav­ing be­fore be­ing de­tained by fire­fight­ers un­til po­lice ar­rived. He faces mur­der and ar­son charges.

Lavarias said wit­nesses re­ported see­ing the sus­pect pour flammable liq­uid in one of the bed­rooms.

Dam­age to the home is es­ti­mated at about $240,000. The prop­erty has eight dif­fer­ent units.

The own­ers of the res­i­dence face nearly $16,000 in fines re­lated to the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing on the prop­erty. The city said in a no­tice is­sued in March that there is a

six-unit, mul­ti­fam­ily dwelling on the prop­erty oc­cu­pied by a fam­ily and 11 other peo­ple.

Prop­erty owner Cipri­ana Luc­zon said she was un­aware of the vi­o­la­tions.

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