Highrise Condo Fire in Hawaii Kills 3, Injures 17

Hawaii News Now reports that a five-alarm blaze at the Marco Polo condo in Honolulu killed three residents and injured at least 17 others Friday as it roared through at least a dozen units on high floors, trapping tenants who couldn’t evacuate safely and sending black, billowing smoke into the skyline. According to the report, 100 firefighters from 30 battalions fought the massive highrise fire, one of the biggest in recent history in Hawaii, which raged for five hours before being declared under control about 7 p.m. It was extinguished by midnight.

During the blaze a number of people were trapped in their units and told to stay put because they couldn’t be evacuated safely. A special team of firefighters went door to door to check on tenants and help them escape. The Marco Polo was built before sprinklers were required in Oahu highrises. The condo, known for its distinctive wave architecture, was completed in 1971 and has 568 residential units.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, and a damage estimate was not immediately available.

Hawaii News Now report found here.


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