Three dead in Honolulu high-rise fire

| Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 11:00am



At least three people were killed Friday in a massive fire at a Honolulu high-rise, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

The blaze began about 2:15 p.m. Hawaiian time (8:15 p.m. ET) on the 26th floor of the Marco Polo Apartments, a 538-unit, 36-story building that houses condominiums and apartments on Kapiolani Boulevard, Caldwell said.

The victims, two women and a man were found in two apartments on the 26th floor, fire officials said.

Five people, including a firefighter who was treated for heat exhaustion, were taken to the hospital in serious condition, Honolulu fire Capt. David Jenkins said.

The firefighter, who was among about 100 comrades who worked to extinguish the flames and evacuate residents, has been released.

“It’s very difficult, even with the equipment that we have on to make our way to the floor of the fire,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves said.