Residents perish as fire rips through Hawaii high rise building

AT LEAST three people have perished in a ferocious fire which has ripped through several floors of a high-rise residential apartment building in Hawaii.

It’s understood the blaze broke out in an apartment on the 26th floor of the 36-storey Marco Polo building in the capital city of Honolulu shortly before 2.30pm local time on Friday.

More than 60 firefighters are at the scene on Kapiolani Boulevard, battling the inferno which has engulfed multiple floors of the landmark building, which has 568 residential units.


According to Honolulu Fire Department Manuel P. Neves, the 1975 building is not fitted with fire sprinklers, which allowed flames to quickly spread to the 27th floor, before consuming multiple units on the 28th.

“Without a doubt, if there was sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit origin,” Neves told Hawaii News Now.

Photos and videos uploaded to social media show orange flames shooting out of windows and thick black smoke billowing into the air as debris plunges to the ground.

At least three people have been confirmed dead, and at least a dozen others have been treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

At least four people have been taken to hospital, two of whom are said to be in a serious condition.

It’s believed the deceased residents were killed in the 26th floor.

It remains unclear exactly how many units are involved in the fire, or what sparked it.

It comes four weeks after a catastrophic fire gutted an apartment tower in London, killing at least 80 people.