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Honoka‘a Fatal Fire Not Suspicious at This Time, Police Say

November 10, 2020, 8:32 PM HST
* Updated November 10, 8:39 PM
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A body found after a structure fire in Honoka‘a on Tuesday is believed to be that of an adult male.

Hawai‘i Fire Department was called out to a blaze at a trailer-type structure, located on the 44-2400 block of Kalaniai Road, at 11:30 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found a 300-square-foot structure fully engulfed.

The victim was discovered after the flames were doused. Hawai‘i Police Department Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins said the body was found in the middle of the room.

“We’re still investigating, but there’s nothing suspicious that stands out at this time,” Amon-Wilkins said of the fatality.

It is unknown what caused the fire. Amon-Wilkins said fire inspectors were going to rule the blaze as undetermined.

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An autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine the exact cause of death. While they do have potential identification of the victim, Amon-Wilkins said a positive ID could take months as a DNA swabbing sample will be needed from a family member to confirm the victim’s identity.

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Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Detective Grant Todd at 808-961-2381 or email [email protected] or the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311.

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