UPDATE: Kurtistown Man Charged With Arson
He had been arrested in connection with a fire of suspicious origin Friday in the Hawaiian Acres subdivision.
Police and fire units responding to a 10:47 a.m. alarm found the multi-story home on Road 6 fully engulfed in flames.
Police said Tuesday that witnesses reporting seeing a sports-utility vehicle speeding away from the house shortly before they heard popping sounds and saw the house in flames.
That allowed detectives to develop a suspect based on descriptions of the SUV and its occupant.
Anyone with information on the blaze is asked to contact Det. Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the police department at 935-3311.