More than 60 firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire in a Honolulu high-rise apartment building . Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkin’s said the fire started on the 26th floor and spread to at least the 27th floor.
The Honolulu high-rise was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said, and hundreds fled the giant condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors.
An 85-year-old woman and her adult son were among at least three people who died in a billowing fire at a Honolulu high-rise.
At least 12 people were injured in the fire that enveloped the upper floors of the 36-floor Marco Polo condominium complex near the tourist mecca of Waikiki. Four of the injured, including a firefighter, were hospitalized in serious condition, officials said.
The high-rise has 568 apartments and four commercial spaces and officials confirmed that the building was not equipped with water sprinklers.
More than a dozen units at the Marco Polo Apartment Building, along Kapiolani Boulevard, are now heavily damaged, according to the Honolulu Fire Department.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell declared that fire under control a little after 6:30 p.m., Friday evening.
Fire officials says by midnight it was fully extinguished.
They say a majority of the residents will be allowed back inside their units, with the exception of those who live on the 26th, 27th and 28th floors of the Marco Polo.