A man accused of setting fire to his Kapahulu area home appeared in court Wednesday.
Christopher Paikai, 50, was charged with first-degree arson for a two-alarm fire that broke out at around 9:43 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, on Brokaw Street.
When firefighters got to the two-story home, they found a fully involved vehicle fire in the garage that had spread to the rest of the structure.
According to newly released court documents, a witness observed Paikai kneeling next to his vehicle in the garage. The witness told police Paikai struck a match to ignite an unknown fluid on the garage floor and, when confronted, Paikai stated, “It’s my (expletive) house,” before fleeing the area.
Court documents say as Paikai continued to walk away from the home, he shouted at another witness, telling him not to worry because the house is insured.
Court documents say Paikai was detained on 4th Avenue, and one officer observed a match box in the bag Paikai carried.
The home was in escrow for $1,008,000. The fire caused an estimated $640,000 in damage.
Paikai remains in custody, unable to post $100,000 bail.