Man arrested for arson in Kalihi fire

 UPDATED 3:42 PM HST Sep 25, 2012

The Honolulu Fire Department said a 44-year old man was arrested Tuesday suspected of intentionally setting fire to a home in Kalihi.

Fire crews responded to the two-alarm house fire at around 6:11 a.m on Leilani Street.

Fire officials said the flames started in the living room on the second story of the house and quickly spread to other areas.

A 66-year-old man was hospitalized in stable condition for fire-related injuries.  The fire was contained just after 6:30 a.m.

The arson suspect was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation of his mental status.  He is a resident of the home that burned.

Red Cross officials are assisting the family.

Damage was estimated at $75,000.

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