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Court papers reveal new details about suspect in Hauoli Street building fire

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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The sister of a suspected arsonist told police her brother had been acting strangely the past couple of weeks and, as a child, liked to set things on fire.

Kevin Yang, 30, made his first court appearance in the case Monday.

Police say the suspect confessed to torching his Hauoli Street apartment last Friday. Eighteen people in the building's four units escaped the fire, which caused an estimated $600,000 in damages.

According to court documents, Sheri Yang told investigators her brother "possibly stole money" from their aunt and "may have been upset that the aunt filed a police report and set the fire to destroy the forgery paperwork in the apartment."

The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for Wednesday. Bail is set at $100,000.

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