Honolulu: The Marco Polo high rise almost one year after the fire

  • Source: KHON-TV FOX 2
  • Published: 07/07/2018 08:45 PM

The deadly Marco Polo Condominium fire is considered one of the most destructive fires in Honolulu's history. Nearly one year later, residents said there are plans to install sprinklers and other changes to bring the building up to code. But many units are still unlivable. On July 14, 2017, flames surged from the 26th floor of the Marco Polo high rise at 2333 Kapiolani Blvd. Black smoke billowed from the building, engulfing the apartments. More than 120 firefighters fought the blaze for hours. In the end, the fire took the lives of four Marco Polo residents: Britt Reller and his mother Melba Dilley, Marilyn Van Gieson and Joann Kuwata. Damage to the building is estimated at more than $107 million. More than 80 units were damaged by fire, heat or smoke and another 130 units were damaged by water. The cause of the fire was undetermined, but the Honolulu Fire Department confirmed that it started in the living room of unit 2602.


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