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Man Tries To Burn Down StarKist Cannery American Samoa, June 13, 13

StarKist Samoa is assessing the extent of damage from an incident last week in which a man tried to burn down a warehouse at the plant.
Cannery spokesperson Mary Sestric said StarKist is thankful no one was injured. She said StarKist is assessing the extent of the damage and it’s unclear how much repairs will cost.
The person suspected of starting the fire Tilotilo Opelu is now before the High Court on charges of arson, burglary and property damage.
According to court affidavits, a taxi driver who picked up Opelu in front of the cannery warehouse said Opelu admitted to setting the warehouse on fire, but his lighter got wet when the sprinkler system came on.
According to the taxi driver Opelu allegedly wanted to go to a store to buy another lighter and to be dropped off in front of the Starkist warehouse.
When the taxi returned from the store, the driver said he saw police officers canvassing the Starkist area so he dropped off Opelu and left.
The defendant’s wife said she got a call from Opelu telling her that he burned the StarKist warehouse.
It’s unclear whether the defendant was under the influence and there was no mention in the affidavit as to why he wanted to light up the StarKist building.