Puna man arrested on suspicion of arson

Big Island police have arrested a Puna man in connection with a suspicious fire.

On Friday, patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at Alulu Road and O’oa’a Road in Hawaiian Acres.

The fire was extinguished, but not before causing extensive damage to the structure.

A Fire Department investigator determined that the fire was suspicious.

On Monday, police arrested 26-year-old Justin James Clark of Kurtistown.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of arson while detectives continue the investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or email him at wcarter@hawaiicounty.gov.

Witnesses may also call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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