3 dead in 5-alarm fire at at Honolulu high-rise with no sprinklers

  • Source: KHON2.com
  • Published: 07/17/2017 12:00 AM

Three people are confirmed dead in a massive fire in the Marco Polo building on Kapiolani Boulevard. The initial alarm came in at around 2:15 p.m. By 3 p.m., four alarms had been called. By 4:30 p.m., the fifth alarm was called. Officials say the fire initially started on the 26th floor, and that’s where three bodies were found. The blaze quickly spread to several units on several floors. More than 100 City and County firefighters responded. “We’re trying to make our entry from this side of the building, because the ewa side is untenable. We can’t make the stairwell there,” said Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves. “Once we get in, we’re fighting the fire floor by floor. It started on the 26th floor. It’s now on the 28th floor, but it seems like we’re making a little bit of headway.”


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