Big Island man charged with arson in church fire

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Detectives have charged a 52-year-old Captain Cook man with first-degree arson stemming from a suspicious fire reported on Thursday morning, Feb. 26, in Captain Cook.

Police say Richard Paul Read started a fire at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Captain Cook at around 6:10 a.m.

When Kona patrol officers arrived, firefighters were on the scene and the north rear entrance was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and determined that it was deliberately set.

Damages, estimated at more than $80,000, were limited to the north side of the building.

Bail for Read was set at $15,000. He is being held at the Kona cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday, March 5.

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