Suspect in deadly Kalihi house fire to appear in court

Suspect in deadly Kalihi house fire to appear in court
  1. Suspect in deadly Kalihi house fire to appear in court
    Investigators from the Honolulu Fire Department returned to the scene of a deadly Kalihi house fire to look for clues on…
    Hawaii (HI)

Investigators from the Honolulu Fire Department returned to the scene of a deadly Kalihi house fire to look for new clues Tuesday.

Daniel Manuel, who has been arrested on arson and murder charges in connection with the blaze, moved to the multi-level dwelling on Kalihi Street nearly three years ago, according to the property manager.

She said Manuel lived with the victim and two other men in a four-bedroom section of the main house.

"He's a good guy, but sometimes when he forgets to take his medicine, that's when he acts strange," said property manager Eve Ravelo.

Manuel, 58, remains in custody. Residents said he was arguing with the victim Monday before he allegedly set fire to some bedding. The flames quickly spread and fire crews later found the man's body in the living room area.

Ravelo, who is a relative of the 87-year-old owner, said she tried to evict Manuel last November after receiving complaints. According to her, his case manager from a state-funded agency asked for more time to find him a new home.

"Not only Daniel with case manager who was living here. There are more tenants here who have case managers and they come visit, inspect the place first before they bring in their client," she said.

There are a total of 22 tenants living in different units on the property, Ravelo said.

The city cited the owner, Cipriana Luczon, last year for two violations. Ravelo admitted that occupants shouldn't be living in a detached structure behind the garage, but she disputed the other violation, which involves the…

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