HFD deems 2-alarm Kaimuki house fire arson; 1 suspect arrested

Witnesses heard yelling, profanity before flames started.

HFD deems 2-alarm Kaimuki house fire arson; 1 suspect arrested

KAIMUKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have arrested one man on suspicion of arson following a fire that tore through a Kaimuki home Sunday morning.

The man arrested is believed to be one of the homeowners, 50-year-old Christopher Paikai, as identified by Honolulu police.

Honolulu firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire on Brokaw St. around 9:45 a.m. The street was blocked off from Campbell Ave. and Winam St. as the 28-crew member team fought the flames.

The road has since reopened.

Moments before the fire, neighbors who witnessed the incident told Hawaii News Now they heard yelling and profanity. One woman said she heard popping sounds, similar to that of ammo, from within the house once the fire started.

“What I first heard that started everything, someone was swearing a yelling, a male’s voice. A few minutes later, I looked out the window and saw smoke and a family with their babies running across the street,” neighbor Bryttanie Cairas said.

Photos from the scene shows significant damage to the garage area of the home. HFD says the flames extended into the main part of the home.

By 10:20 a.m., the fire was fully extinguished.

Property records show Christopher shares ownership of the home with Miho Paikai.

Investigators were called out to the home. Upon further investigation, they determined the fire was intentionally set and deemed it arson.

Evidence has been handed over to Honolulu police.

No injuries were reported.

Damage to the home and its contents was estimated at $640,000. The investigation is ongoing.

This story will be updated.

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