Hawaiʻi Island police have charged an Ocean View woman with arson in connection with a fire Wednesday (September 2) at the house she occupied.

At 9:20 a.m. Thursday (September 3), detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section charged 36-year-old Emily Smith of Ocean View with first-degree arson and third-degree assault.

The assault charge was for allegedly striking a firefighter who responded to the house on Reef Circle Mauka on Wednesday morning. He did not require treatment.

After determining that the fire was set intentionally, police arrested Smith at the scene.