By Minna Sugimoto
Tensions are rising among homeless people near the H-1 Freeway's airport viaduct as state crews continue breaking up illegal camp sites.
On Thursday, witnesses say a homeless person started a small fire in protest. State public safety officials say there is an active arson investigation after fires were deliberately set in the area three times in as many days.
State sheriffs kept a watchful eye as clean-up crews cleared an area makai of Nimitz Highway of trash and other debris. When they started breaking down a homeless man's houseboat, witnesses say someone started a small fire nearby.
"You can only push people so far until they want to push back," Jarod Wong, who's been living near the viaduct for seven years, said.
Wong says crews started Thursday's sweep without giving the homeless time to retrieve personal belongings.