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Honolulu fire: three dead after blaze breaks out in high-rise building

More than 60 firefighters tackle the incident at Marco Polo apartments in the Hawaiian capital

At least three people have been killed after a fire broke out in a high-rise apartment building in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The blaze started on the 26th floor of the Marco Polo apartments and spread at least one floor higher and through several units, said Honolulu fire department spokesman David Jenkins.

At least three people were dead, the department said. Paramedics treated several others.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, at least two people were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

Troy Yasuda, who lives in a building across the street, was giving water to people who evacuated. They were choking from the smoke, he said, adding that people told him they evacuated through dark stairwells.

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July 15, 2017

Police were shouting through megaphones for people still inside to come down, Yasuda said. He watched as people were carried out.

Its been an orderly evacuation, said security guard Leonard Rosa, who was answering phones from the front lobby of the 31-story building near Waikiki. Police and firefighters were going door-to-door, he said.

Firefighters were checking on reports that there were people trapped in their units, Jenkins said.

One resident who declined to give his name said he made it to safety after climbing the stairs from the 29th floor. The man said there was so much smoke, he could hardly see.

At least 80 people were killed on 14 June when a fire gutted the 24-storey Grenfell Tower apartments in London.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/15/honolulu-fire-more-than-60-firefighters-tackle-blaze-at-high-rise-building

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