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Police Investigate Fatal Structure Fire in Ka’ū

February 22, 2019, 3:22 PM HST
* Updated February 22, 3:24 PM
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Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a fatal structure fire that occurred in Ka’ū on Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2019.

Police and fire units were dispatched to the scene at 9:39 a.m. for a reported structure fire at a home on Kailua Boulevard in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

Responding units found a residence fully engulfed in flames. After firefighters extinguished the fire, a body was discovered in the remnants of the dwelling.

The identity of the victim and the cause of the fire are still under investigation. This is currently classified as a fire and an unattended death investigation being conducted by the Area II Criminal Investigation Section.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

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Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Pernell Hanoa at (808) 326-4646, ext. 281, or at [email protected].

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