Police seek public’s help with Kona fires 03-29-06

HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT
KONA COMMUNITY POLICING
OFFICER REYNOLD KAHALEWAI
PHONE: 326-4646 Ext. 257
MARCH 29, 2006

MEDIA RELEASE

Police are asking for the public’s help in the investigation of two suspicious fires that occurred in the Kona District.

On March 28, 2006, at about 11:47 p.m., Patrol Officers from the Kona District and Hawaii Fire Department personnel responded to the Pacific Waste base yard off Alapa Street in the Old Industrial area after receiving an anonymous report of smoke in the area. Upon arrival, the cab area of a 1986 WHITE brand roll-off type truck was found to be engulfed in flames. Hawaii Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire, which caused about $50,000.00 in damage.

On March 16, 2003 at about 2:00 a.m., police and fire personnel responded to Nalani Street to find two Pacific Waste compactor bins on fire. The fires were extinguished without incident.

Police are unable to determine if both fires are related, however, both incidents appear suspicious in nature.

Anyone with information on the cause of the fires is asked to call Officer Reynold KAHALEWAI of the Community Policing Division in Kona at 326-4646 Ext. 257. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept strictly confidential.

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