HAWAII POLICE DEPT.

An Ocean View man has been charged with arson in connection with a fire Friday (March 20) in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

Kaʻū police responded to a 6:11 p.m. call Friday and arrived to find a two-story house on Pineapple Parkway partly engulfed in flames. Fire firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, which was determined to be the result of arson.

Police arrested an occupant, 60-year-old Martin Mario Molina, on suspicion of arson. He was processed at the Kaʻū police station and then taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday (March 21) detectives charged Molina with first-degree arson and first-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $75,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Monday (March 23).