CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (KHON2) — Big Island firefighters reported an unidentified male was seen allegedly lighting a structure on fire in Captain Cook on Saturday, Jan. 1, according to witnesses in the area.
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Hawaii County Fire Department (HFD) arrived at the residential home on Keopuka Makai Road at 1:31 p.m.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 2:00 p.m. with shuttle operations and bucket drops from a helicopter, and the fire resulted in damage cost estimates of $150,000.
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According to HFD, the suspect who allegedly started the fire was seen as first responders arrived and was arrested by Big Island police. No injuries were reported.