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High Rise Blaze in Honolulu, Hawaii Kills Three
Firefighters work at the scene after a deadly blaze at a high rise apartment block in London, June 14, 2017. Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, killing an unknown number of people with around 50 people being taken to hospital. AP
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High Rise Blaze in Honolulu, Hawaii Kills Three

TEMPO.CO, Honolulu - A high rise blaze in Honolulu, Hawaii, has killed three people on Friday, July 14. Two other people suffered smoke inhalation as a fire consumed several floors of a 36-story condominium tower, media said.

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

More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, spraying water on flames from nearby balconies as a helicopter circled above, images posted online showed.

The fire began on the 26th floor of the Marco Polo high rise building at about 2:15 p.m., spreading to floors above and below, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Read: Five London Tower Blocks Evacuated over Fire Safety Concerns

 

As many as three people died on the 26th floor, Fire Chief Manuel Neves told a news conference at the scene. He did not provide details of the deaths, the paper said.

Emergency responders treated several people, with two taken to a nearby hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, it said, adding that one of the two hospitalized patients was in serious condition, but the other was stable.

"Paramedics are expediting emergency treatment with a triage location inside the building," Shayne Enright of the city's Emergency Medical Services department told the paper.

Fire officials were also responding to reports of people trapped in their apartments, the papersaid,but had not confirmed the number.

Evacuees from the building were being accommodated at a nearby park, with volunteers tending them, the Hawaii Red Cross said on social network Twitter.

The fire forced the closure of a major road in front of the condominium complex, the Honolulu police department said on Twitter.

In London, at least 80 people were killed when a fire gutted the 24-story Grenfell Tower apartments on June 14.

REUTERS



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