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Sayre Foundation Offers $5K for Arson Arrest

March 9, 2016, 2:46 PM HST
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Arson investigations are underway as fire inspectors and police attempt to uncover the origins of about a dozen fires in West Hawai’i over the past month and a half.

Brush fires have popped up, spanning various areas of West Hawai’i, including Kaiminani Drive, the vicinity of the Ane Keohokalole Highway, the area north of Pu’uanahulu along Hawai’i Belt Road and the six-mile marker, and the area near the 49-mile marker on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

In an attempt to put an end to the suspicious fires, believed to be arson, the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation, in support of the Hawai’i County Fire Department, is offering a reward for information. The foundation is offering up to $5,000 for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone apprehended for igniting arson-related fires on the island.

In a release Wednesday afternoon, signed by Sayre Foundation Executive Director Laura A. Mallery-Sayre and Dr. Frank Sayre of the foundation, along with Fire Chief Darren Rosario, it was noted that putting out wildfires places a burden on HFD’s budget and takes crew members from other emergencies where they might be needed.

“Arson negatively affects everyone,” the release read.

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On March 4, the Hawai’i Police Department enlisted the public’s help in locating an individual or group of individuals who may be behind the recent fires.

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Anyone with information regarding the fires should call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311.

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