Police focus on burglaries after fatal fire

HONOLULU (AP) - Investigators are focusing on previous Pearl City burglaries as they try to determine if burglars sparked a fire last week that killed a 97-year-old woman.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports http://bit.ly/HykndK) that video surveillance cameras have captured images of 2 men in separate burglaries stealing exotic fish from a home on the same street where Betty Hagihara died in a fire early Friday morning.

Investigators are trying to determine if burglars using a blowtorch to force open a lock may have sparked the blaze that killed Hagihara.

Neighbors helped two other residents of the home escape the flames.

Police say the house with the tropical fish collection was burglarized in September 2011, then again on March 8.

In the September burglary, one man was caught on video. In the March burglary, surveillance video caught a second man on tape.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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