Big Island police arrested a 31-year-old Papaikou man for first degree arson last night (August 23) stemming from an investigation into the cause of a large brush fire in the Pohakuloa area.

Christopher M. Pratt was located in close proximity to the fire upon firefighters’ initial arrival to combat the fire and was taken to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment. He was taken into police custody following his release from the medical center.

Pratt was held at the police cellblock overnight while detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section continued their investigation. However, he was released this morning pending further investigation.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Acting Lieutenant Reed Mahuna of the Criminal Investigation section at 961-2252. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept strictly confidential.

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