Police suspect arson in fatal blaze
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.