Quick act­ing passerby douses fire

Sus­pect de­tained nearby

West Hawaii Today - - Front Page - BY LAURA RUMINSKI lru­min­ski@west­hawai­ito­day.com

KEAUHOU — A trash fire was quickly smoth­ered be­cause of the fast ac­tions of a Good Sa­mar­i­tan mo­torist, Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Mike Hardin was driv­ing home on Alii Drive when he saw flames in front of an un­oc­cu­pied com­mer­cial struc­ture on the mauka side of the street south of the Kame­hameha III Road in­ter­sec­tion.

“I just pulled my truck over and ran up to the build­ing,” Hardin said.

That’s where he saw a pile of what looked like trash burn­ing dan­ger­ously close to the build­ing. Spot­ting a hose, he said, he at­tempted to put the fire out. An­other mo­torist stopped to call the fire depart­ment.

The Keauhou Fire Sta­tion re­sponded and had the fire un­der con­trol within min­utes.

Hardin’s ac­tions were called heroic by the Hawaii County Po­lice Depart­ment. With­out his in­ter­ven­tion, an of­fi­cer at the scene said, the un­oc­cu­pied struc­ture could have gone up in smoke.

Po­lice de­tained a sus­pect ap­prox­i­mately one quar­ter mile from the scene. No fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was avail­able, the depart­ment said late Fri­day.

LAURA RUMINSKI/

Po­lice ar­rest a sus­pect in a fire set on the south­east cor­ner of Alii Drive and Kame­hameha III Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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