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Police: Tenant intentionally set fire to Aiea home

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Fire crews and Emergency Medical Services at the scene. Fire crews and Emergency Medical Services at the scene.
Honomanu Street Honomanu Street
Damages to the rental cottage and its contents are estimated at $70,000. Damages to the rental cottage and its contents are estimated at $70,000.
Lloyd Manamtam Lloyd Manamtam

AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police say a fire that damaged an Aiea residence was intentionally set by the tenant, who was also seriously injured.

The 66-year-old man's identity has not been released, but he could face an arson charge when he gets out of the hospital. He sustained burns to his hands and head.

The fire broke at about 2 p.m. Thursday in a rental cottage located on Honomanu Street.

Honolulu Fire Department crews arrived to the scene within seven minutes and had flames under control within five minutes.

Witnesses told authorities they heard a loud explosion and saw the fire grow rapidly from the back of the structure.

Officials say a passing motorist, Lloyd Manamtam, saw the smoke, rushed up to the door, and pulled the 66-year-old man to safety.

"I kept hearing noise from a person in the house. And as I was coming out of that section right by the van, I saw a body to my left and I didn't know, so I grabbed him, and I just kind of threw him," Manamtam said. "We both stumbled, basically, down the driveway."

Manamtam was treated for smoke inhalation.

Damages to the rental cottage and its contents are estimated at $70,000.

Police say the suspect's motive is unclear at this time.

We'll have more information on this story as it becomes available.

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