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Posted on: Sunday, January 7, 2001

No leads in Palolo fireworks fatality

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

Police searched door to door in Palolo yesterday, but found no witnesses or leads in a fatal New Year’s Eve house fire believed to be caused by aerial fireworks.

Lillian Herring, 80, was home alone when a fire broke out in her house.

Courtesy of KHNL

Police were hoping to find someone with information on the fire blamed for killing 80-year-old Lillian Herring in her Myrtle Street house.

Herring was home alone when a fire broke out near her carport and quickly spread through the house.

Police interviewed neighbors on New Year’s Day. Yesterday they fanned out into the Palolo neighborhood to interview 10 to 15 additional residents on Myrtle Street, Narcissus Place and Magnolia Place.

The search was narrowed to a cluster of homes as police tried to account for wind direction and trajectory of aerials, said homicide Lt. Bill Kato."We found nothing earth-shattering," Kato said. "No one could really pinpoint exactly where the aerial fireworks were coming from. The investigation is ongoing."

Myrtle Street residents yesterday said they appreciated the police involvement in the case and admitted the case would be difficult to solve.

"I’m glad that they’re trying," said Daniel Pollard, who lives at 2601 Myrtle St. "It’s possible they could have wrote it off as a tragic event."

Pollard and Galen Kuroiwa, another neighbor, each said they didn’t see what started the fire that happened at 10:27 p.m. Kuroiwa said he left his 2610 Myrtle St. house about 30 minutes before the fire and saw no one shooting off fireworks near Herring’s house.

Kato said police will review the case today and check any new leads gathered from CrimeStoppers (955-8300).

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