Fire in Honolulu apartment block kills three

3 dead in Honolulu high-rise fire mayor says

3 dead in Honolulu high-rise fire mayor says

The blaze at the Marco Polo apartments in the capital Honolulu started on the 26th floor and spread to at least the 27th floor and several flats, said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Captain David Jenkins. Two people have reportedly been hospitalized in serious condition. Several hours later, it has spread to the 28th floor and several units. It is next to the Ala Wai Canal and contains more than 560 residential units.

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

"It's very hard, even with the equipment that we have on - to make our way to the floor of the fire", Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves said.

A Honolulu Fire Department helicopter flies near a fire burning on a floor at the Marco Polo apartment complex in Honolulu. He says firefighters are going door-to-door. Paramedics are expediting emergency treatment with a triage location inside the building.

The building was evacuated but Jenkins said there are reports of people trapped in their units.

Several others were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

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"It's been an orderly evacuation", said security guard Leonard Rosa, who was answering phones from the front lobby of the 31-story building. I'm trembling. She's like help me, help me, and I couldn't see her because the smoke was so dark", resident Teresa Sommerville told KHON. "All of a sudden the wind shifts and you see this lady is standing inside the lanai.

More than 60 firefighters are battling a multiple-alarm fire in a Honolulu high-rise apartment building.

And officials said a number of people in the "hot zone" have been told to stay put because they can't be evacuated safely.

Police had been yelling through megaphones, telling those inside to come down, Mr Yasuda added.

One resident who declined to give his name says he took the stairs from the 29th floor after smelling fire and seeing the blaze below from his balcony.

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