A 36-story residential tower in Honolulu caught fire on Friday afternoon, killing three people and injuring at least a dozen as flames spread across three floors.
So there was nothing to contain the blaze when it started on the 26th floor, about 2:30 p.m., according to Hawaii News Now.
Flames then spread to the floors above, fire chief Manuel Neves said at a news conference. And for hours, debris, including shards of glass and a chunk of burning wall, rained down on the streets and balconies below.
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“I heard three women screaming, screaming,” Ron Chiaritino, who lives nearby, told Hawaii News Now, crying as he spoke. “And then I didn’t hear them.”
Three people were found dead near the origin of the blaze, Caldwell said.
The victims weren’t publicly identified. But a pastor, Phill Reller, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that police confirmed that his brother and 85-year-old mother were among the dead.
Reller’s brother called him as smoke filled the 26th-floor condominium complex, the pastor told the newspaper. His brother was unable to reach their mother, the pastor said, and crawled under a bed before the call ended.
A firefighter and three others were hospitalized among at least a dozen injured, according to the newspaper.
“We had to evacuate our firefighters two or three times,” Neves, the fire chief, told reporters.
SOURCE: Avi Selk
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