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Big Island police searching for suspected courthouse arsonist

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KEALAKEKUA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Island police have launched a first-degree arson investigation after a Kona courthouse caught fire, Thursday morning.

Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a fire at 6:59 p.m. at Big Island Drug Court on Halekii Street in Kealakekua.

Officers arrived to the scene after a passerby had extinguished the flames with fire extinguishers from the courthouse. Two employees were in the courthouse when the fire was set but no injuries were reported. Damage was confined to the front door and a wall.

Investigation revealed that the fire was deliberately set by a "local male" wearing board shorts and a hoodie. The man fled in a pickup truck that appears to be primer gray with a black tailgate, black rims and a black front bumper grill.

Police also want to question the occupant or occupants of a sedan who may have seen the suspect.

Police are asking anyone with information about the fire, the identity of the suspect or the identity of the occupant or occupants of the sedan to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, ext. 238, or walter.ahmow@hawaiicounty.gov.

For those who wish to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.

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