Fire destroys home in HOVE, reported to be arson

Big Island firefighters responded to a 6:07 p.m. alarm Friday (March 20) to a structure fire in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

Crews arrived to find a 30’x60′ two-story home on fire near the intersection of Pineapple Parkway and Hukilau Drive. The house was burning on both floors on the front half facing Pineapple Parkway.

Fire crews had the blaze under control at 8 p.m. and the fire was reported out at 11:30 p.m.

Four people lived at the residence, three were away at the time of the start of the fire. A man in his 50s who was at the home was arrested by police after he said he started the fire which destroyed the home. The Red Cross has responded to assist the residents of the home.

The total loss in the blaze is estimated to be $270,000. There were no injuries reported. Fire dispatch listed the cause of the blaze as arson.