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.”
In what an expert calls a “huge failure,” hundreds of residential and commercial buildings across Oakland were never inspected after firefighters flagged fire dangers and referred them for followup, including more than 200 apartment buildings housing thousands of residents, an investigation by the Bay Area News Group has found.
Records acquired from the city covering 2011 until early this year show that firefighters referred 879 properties for fire code issues to the Bureau of Fire Prevention, a number that includes the apartment buildings, plus commercial buildings and several schools.
East Bay Times
A sport utility vehicle collided with an Akron firetruck Friday afternoon, killing two people inside the SUV, including a 16-year-old girl, and injuring three firefighters.
Fire Engine No. 3 was southbound on Rhodes Avenue about 3:45 p.m. when witnesses say a burgundy Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on West Exchange Street drove through a red light and struck the firetruck, Akron Police Capt. Daniel Zampelli said.
The SUV spun after impact with the engine and landed against a telephone pole, Zampelli said. At least five people inside the SUV were taken to area hospitals, where two of them died.
Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com
Terrifying images from London remain fresh in many minds: Flames rapidly consuming the exterior of the 24-story Grenfell Tower while trapped residents frantically cried out for help from the upper floors, and firefighters physically and emotionally exhausted from the intense battle and loss of life they confronted.
The total confirmed deaths in the June 14 blaze remains at 34, but Metro Police officials have said they believe the final toll may wind up being closer to 80.
The questions that were asked here in the U.S. in the aftermath were the type you might expect: How could a fire burn out of control so quickly, and could a major incident like that happen here?
About 100 firefighters are killed in the line of duty every year. A robot being developed at Pensacola's groundbreaking Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) might one day save lives.
Researchers at IHMC are specifically working on a robot that could fight fires on ships.
Research Associate John Carff said, "When you're on a ship, there's a good chance if you're a firefighter in there fighting a fire you could get a hatch closed behind you and you're going to be stuck in a ship that's sinking."
IHMC won the use of the robot, named Atlas, through a series of challenge competitions where robots assist in disaster recovery scenarios. Now they're taking it up another level with some help from the Pensacola Fire Department.
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