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Waikiki surf-rack arsonist had his first day in court; documents described what happened – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-10-22 01:05:46 –

Honolulu (KHON2) — A man accused of igniting a Kuhio beach surfboard locker appeared in court on Thursday, October 21, and was detained on bail of $ 70,000. Court documents describe how 48-year-old Glenn Helton initiated the flames that caused more than $ 600,000 in damage.

The crew worked hard to clean up the wreckage in the fire on Sunday, October 17th. Surfers and Waikiki regulars said they were overjoyed that police had caught the suspect who allegedly started the fire.

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Thick black smoke was seen miles away from Waikiki on Sunday afternoon. A bright red flame flew into the sky. The fire spread rapidly and devoured hundreds of surfboards chained to Kuhio Beach surfboard lockers for storage.

More than 575 surfboards have been destroyed, according to the city’s Corporate Services Department, which manages lockers. The nearby building was also scorched. Overall, the fire caused an estimated $ 650,000 in damage.

NS The man who allegedly caused the fire is Glen Helton.. Court documents described a video footage of a man walking behind the Waikiki substation with a bowl of food in his left hand at 11:04 am on Sunday. The man stopped, picked up the lighter from the ground, tested it for work, and entered the “H” row of the surf rack.

After a while, the man said, “I bent over again, picked up a piece of paper or a napkin with my right hand, and stretched it out to the same place,” and left about four minutes later at about 11:05 am. , The fire broke out.

No one else was found in the area, according to court documents.

Police arrested Helton on Monday, October 18, dressed in the same clothes as the man seen in the surveillance video, one block away from the location of the fire. Helton will return to court for a preliminary hearing on October 25.

“I’m glad they caught the guy, he deserves it. He shouldn’t get down here. Boys like to lick. That is, know how many people you’re hurting around here. Is it because there are many people. “

Jeffrey Oleor lost some boards in the fire

Jeffrey Oleor, who lost some boards in the fire, also said he was there when it happened.

“I could feel the heat from here. I had to go because the policeman told us,’You have to go,'” Oleol added.

Another Bruce Roger, who lost his surfboard in a fire, was there that day.

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“We just came from surfing,” Roger said. “We cleaned up the board, and we were out, and my son noticed a strange smell that smelled like fireworks. I also noticed what it was. I didn’t know what it was, so I left. Three minutes later, the whole place was on fire. “

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