Fire breaks out at Honolulu high-rise, injuries reported


The fire department headed over to the building Friday at 2:15 p.m. local time (8:15 p.m. ET).

Honolulu firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire on three floors of the Marco Polo high-rise condominium on Kapiolani Boulevard this afternoon. Burning now for close to 3 hours.

"I started smelling smoke and this woman was screaming help and I looked out on the lanai and even though the fire is on the mauka side, the entire floor was engulfed in smoke", said resident Mitch Silva, who lives on the 29th floor.

About 100 firefighters and more than 20 fire units have been dispatched to the scene.

However, a Marco Polo resident who was outside the building told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that he could see people in some of the windows of the building.

Fire officials were also responding to reports of people trapped in their apartments, the paper added.

Hundreds of residents ran from the building as smoke billowed from the 568-unit building.

An evacuation bus takes residents of the Marco Polo building to a nearby shelter after a deadly fire at the building Friday
Fire breaks out at Honolulu high-rise, injuries reported

Mr Yasuda said he watched people being carried out.

A flare up at the Marco Polo condominium.

As thick black smoke poured from the Marco Polo building as orange flames raged on several floors and debris fell from windows in images broadcast by bystanders on the Periscope streaming service.

"She's on the 22nd floor and she's still not out yet; she's still inside the building".

"I went back to my floor".

Fourth-floor resident Aaron Dengler and his wife were helping their elderly neighbour get to an aid station the American Red Cross set up at a nearby park. "It doesn't help to just stand and watch", he said.

The fire broke out on the 26th floor shortly after 2pm local time and spread to at least the 28th floor and several units, Jenkins said. "People are getting kind of nervous now", he said. He says the evacuation has been orderly. "I feel anxious, concerned and a little angry", he said. Either the fire department was late in response or there was something going on in that unit.

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