HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii Police Department reported a brush fire near the 50 mile marker on Thursday, July 21.
Police officials arrived at the scene around 5:43 p.m. to find a man that was badly burned.
Officers said upon further investigation the man found near the fire may have been the cause of the blaze.
The man was transported to Queen’s North Hawaii Hospital with non-life threatening burn injuries.
HPD said the man was arrested on suspicion of arson and released from police custody pending further investigation. He remains hospitalized.
The fire burned 150 acres on vacant land on the southside of Daniel K. Inouye Highway, according to HPD.
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Daniel K. Inouye Highway between Route 190 and the Old Saddle Road was closed for several hours but is now open, says HPD.