Police: Man accused of setting own house on fire told witness it was ‘insured’ as he fled scene

He shares ownership of the home that went up in flames.

Police: Man accused of setting own house on fire told witness it was ‘insured’ as he fled scene

KAPAHULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 50-year-old man accused of setting his own house on fire pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Chris Paikai (Image: HPD)
Chris Paikai (Image: HPD)

Christopher Paikai was arrested Sunday for first-degree arson after his two-story home on Brokaw Street in Kapahulu went up in flames.

Newly-released court documents say a witness saw Paikai ignite fluid on the floor of his garage.

Another witness told police Paikai shouted that his house was “insured” as he ran from the scene.

Paikai’s ex-wife, who co-owns the home, told investigators that it was in escrow for over $1 million.

Paikai’s bail is set at $100,000.

Damage to the home and its contents was estimated at $640,000.

This story will be updated.

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