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Big Island Police Investigating Fatal Fire Christmas Eve in Mountain View

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a fatal fire Christmas Eve in Mountain View.

Palainui Fire
At 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (December 24), Police Department and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire on Palainui Street in the Eden Roc subdivision.

After extinguishing the flames, firefighters discovered a badly burned body inside the structure.

Detectives from the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section and Fire Department investigators are investigating the cause of the fire.

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and to assist with identifying the remains.


Big Island Police Investigating Cause of Fire and the Discovery of a Body in Honoka’a

Police are investigating the cause of a fire and the discovery of a body in a house in Honokaʻa.


On Tuesday (December 11) at about 8:21 p.m., police and fire personnel responded to a home in Āhualoa in upper Honokaʻa after receiving a report of a structure fire and found the structure fully engulfed. Police determined that there was an occupant of the residence who was unaccounted for.

Police and fire personnel discovered the body after extinguishing the fire.

Detectives and an evidence specialist from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a fire and a coroner’s inquest.

Detectives have not released the identity of the deceased person and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The structure was deemed a total loss.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@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.


Neighbor Attempts to Help Extinguish Fire… Ends Up Dying

Police have initiated a Corners Inquest following the death of a 69-year-old man.

On Wednesday (September 12) at approximately 10:35 p.m., Kaʻū Patrol Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire on Kamaoa Road in Waiʻōhinu.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel extinguished a fire in the kitchen area of the residence. A male party who was assisting the homeowner in attempting to extinguish the blaze prior to arrival of Fire Department personnel was found unresponsive outside the residence. The 69-year-old male has been identified as Gerald Erickson of Kamāʻoa Road. It was determined that shortly after the fire started Erickson was summoned by his neighbor to assist in putting out a fire which started in the kitchen area. As the residence began to fill with smoke the homeowner, Lui Salas, told Erickson to go outside and call 911. Shortly thereafter Salas found Erickson outside the house and unresponsive, he immediately began to administer CPR. Erickson was later transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on September 13 at 3:30 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death and officers from the Kaʻū Patrol Section are continuing this investigation. The fire appears to have been started by an unattended propane stove. Damage to the structure was estimated at $50,000.00