At Least 3 Dead, Several Injured In 5-Alarm Fire At Honolulu High-Rise

UPDATE: Mayor Kirk Caldwell stated the fire at the Marco Polo high-rise in Honolulu was formally under control at 6:47 p.m. regional time.


HONOLULU– Firefighters in Hawaii were fighting a five-alarm fire late Friday afternoon that broke out on the 26th flooring of a high-rise apartment or condo structure. 3 individuals were eliminated in the blaze and numerous others were hurt.

Apartments on a minimum of 4 floorings of the Marco Polo structure were burned, Capt. David Jenkins of the Honolulu Fire Department verified to HuffPost. The fire had actually begun on the 26th flooring however infect the 25th, 28th and 27th floorings and reached both sides of the structure, which deals with the ocean on one side and the Manoa mountains on the other.

HFD got the very first reports of the fire at 2:15 p.m. regional time. Firemens were still in the structure early Friday night and had actually helped individuals from the structure as late as 4 p.m.

Three individuals were verified dead in the blaze and a minimum of 16 individuals were hurt, inning accordance with The Associated Press and Hawaii News Now.

Jenkins informed HuffPost around 4 p.m. on Friday that numerous individuals needed medical attention and were helped by paramedics, however he could not divulge a specific variety of victims or their degrees of injuries.

“There were reports of individuals caught in the structure. The status of how numerous have actually gotten out and how numerous still stay are uncertain at this time,” he informed HuffPost.

The source of the fire has yet to be figured out. The fire was still burning Friday night, a minimum of 4 hours after it was reported.

Joel Horiguchi

Joel Horiguchi, a local of Marco Polo, remained in his apartment or condo on the 25th flooring of the structure when the fire broke out. He informed HuffPost that there had actually been an incorrect emergency alarm in the structure last month, makinged him doubtful when the smoke alarm called Friday afternoon– up until he saw the smoke.

“I kept an eye out my window and observed black smoke. I then opened my window to discover the fire was a system above us, simply throughout,” Horiguchi informed HuffPost. “I likewise heard a next-door neighbor above shouting for assistance.”

The next-door neighbor, he stated, a lady who he thought remained in her 50s, seemed caught.

Horiguchi stated he lacked his system to an emergency exit on the best side of the structure. When he went into the emergency exit, he saw and smelled smoke, and might feel heat above him.

“I returned to my flooring. The corridor was beginning to fill with smoke and you might see smoke originating from the elevator shafts, permeating into the 25th flooring,” Horiguchi described.

He had the ability to go out by utilizing another emergency exit, “with lots of next-door neighbors leaving also,” Horiguchi stated.

Emergency Medical Services in Honolulu sent out numerous ambulances to the Marco Polo structure. Paramedics established a triage place inside the structure , and a number of clients were assessed and dealt with for smoke inhalation, the Honolulu-Star Advertiser reported.

At least 4 clients were required to a healthcare facility, with 2 in severe condition.

By 4:50 p.m., flames had actually burned through the side of the structure and were still noticeable, with thick black smoke rippling. Glass windows appeared damaged and parts of the white structure’s exterior appeared dark black. Particles was falling from the scorched location.

The Marco Polo is a big domestic and business structure with 36 stories in a seven-story parking and the primary tower garage. It is beside the Ala Wai Canal and consists of more than 560 domestic systems. Building and construction on the structure started in 1969 and was finished in 2 years.

The Marco Polo was developed prior to the city started needing lawn sprinkler in structures and has actually been associated with a minimum of 2 other fires within 4 years. In January 2013, a microwave fire on the 8th flooring triggered $1,150,000 worth of damage however triggered no injuries. A two-alarm fire in October 2014 was triggered by an taking off pressure washer .

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell stated throughout a press conference outside the Marco Polo structure that the fire most likely would have been consisted of earlier if the structure had actually been fitted with a lawn sprinkler.

This short article has actually been upgraded with the fire infecting 4 floorings and with extra information about the structure.

This story is establishing. Examine back for updates.

Joel Horiguchi