Authorities: Volcano house fire caused by arson

Authorities say arson is the cause of a Sunday evening fire that caused almost $57,000 damage to a house in Volcano Golf and County Club Subdivision.

According to a Hawaii Fire Department statement, the house is being used as a short-term vacation rental and arriving guests saw smoke coming from the building’s seams.

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Firefighters responding to the 7:21 p.m. alarm found the windows whited out with paint and most of the household furniture piled up in the living room and in flames.

The fire was reported under control at 7:55 p.m. and extinguished at 8 p.m.

An estimated $170,775 in property damage was saved by the response.

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The home is in the subdivision adjacent to the golf course, where the main commercial building was damaged by fire on Thursday.

Fire inspectors and police are investigating.

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