Man arrested for arson in connection with Wahiawa fire on Thanksgiving

Man arrested for arson in connection with Wahiawa fire on Thanksgiving

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 56-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a Thanksgiving night fire at a Wahiawa auto body shop, according to Honolulu police.

Police said Arthur Galvan intentionally started the fire within the Jetso Auto Center building, causing more than $500,000 in damage to the building, its contents and even vehicles outside the building. Thirty-five firefighters responded to the fire, which took more than an hour to extinguish.

Police originally detained Galvan and took him in for a mental health evaluation after neighbors said they saw him leave the scene with a suspicious bottle.

Upon further investigation, police arrested Galvan Tuesday afternoon at an address that matches Castle Medical Center. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson. At last check, he was still in police custody.

HPD has not yet indicated how the fire started.

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