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