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Man's body found in Ocean View Estates house fire

Published On: Oct 01 2013 07:19:00 AM HST
OCEAN VIEW, Hawaii -

Big Island fire officials say the body of a man was found in the rubble after crews extinguished a fire that destroyed a home in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Monday night.

Firefighters were called to Bamboo Lane just after 9 p.m.  When crews arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames.

Fire crews were able to bring the flames under control within 20 minutes.  However, the fire wasn't fully extinguished until after midnight because the nearest water source was about 4 miles away and had to be shuttled in, according to fire officials.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters found the remains of an unidentified man.

Police have initiated a coroner's inquest.  An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday to determine the exact cause of death and to identify the deceased.

The case of the fire is under investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or ssmith@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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