Update: Hawai‘i Island police confirm human remains found in Ocean View structure fire

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Fire crews responded to structure fire in Ocean View early on Jan. 7, 2023. (Photo credit: Douglas Miller)

2:05 p.m. update on Jan. 7: Hawai‘i Island police confirm an elderly man was killed in a structure fire in Ocean View early this morning.

First responders were dispatched to the blaze on the 92-1600 block of Aloha Boulevard at 2:13 a.m. When they arrived on scene, the single-family dwelling was engulfed in flames and the 92-year-old man who resided in the home was unaccounted for. 

“After firefighters extinguished the flames, a severely burnt body was discovered in the remnants of the structure,” officials stated in a Hawai‘i Island police press release Sunday afternoon.


An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death. The identity of the victim and the cause of the fire are still under investigation.
The structure and contents, which had an estimated value of $150,000, were a total loss.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Donovan Kohara at 808-960-3118; or via email at [email protected]. They may also contact the police department’s non-emergency number at 808-935-3311.
Citizens who wish to remain anonymous can make an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300 and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers does not record any calls or subscribe to caller ID.

Original post: An Ocean View home burned to the ground early this morning and Hawai‘i Fire investigators are responding to investigate a potential fatality, Fire Chief Kazuo Todd confirmed.

At 2:14 a.m., Hawai‘i Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Aloha Boulevard and Leilani Parkway. When crews arrived on scene, they found a single-family residence engulfed in flames.


Ocean View resident Douglas Miller, 56, who lives on Coconut Drive and Ginger Blossom, captured photos of the flames that were less than a block from his home.

“I don’t know anything except being woken up to screaming and dogs barking,” Miller said. “I looked out from my bedroom window and saw the blaze.”

Before the fire department arrived, Miller said he could hear someone screaming and banging on a door.


“It made my dogs freak out and start really barking,” he said. “It sounded really bad and someone really in anguish.”

Firefighters cleared the fire at around 5 a.m. Investigators returned to further investigate the scene.

This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a full-time reporter for Pacific Media Group. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat.

Tiffany can be reached at [email protected].
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