At least three people were killed and 12 were injured on Friday when a massive blaze ripped through a high rise in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Daily Mail reported that the fire ripped through three floors of the 36-story Marco Polo condominium building. Over 100 firefighters showed up to tackle the blaze, and they were finally able to get it under control at around 6:30pm.
“I looked down I could see the billowing smoke coming up,” resident Ron Chiarottino said. “I heard three women’s voices screaming, pleading, moaning, ‘Please help me, please’ continuous screaming for five or ten minutes, and then I didn’t hear anymore.”
Karen Hastings was in her 31st floor Honolulu apartment when she smelled smoke and went out on her balcony to see what was going on. When she looked down, she saw the fire raging five floors below her.
“The fire just blew up and went flying right out the windows,” said Hastings, 71. “And that was like a horror movie. Except it wasn’t a horror movie, it was for real.”
The deceased victims reportedly include a mother and her adult son, who lived on the 26th floor, which is where the fire started. Fire Chief Manuel Neves blamed the fire on the fact that the building did not have a sprinkler system.
“Without a doubt if there was sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit of origin … the unit (where) the fire started,” he said.
The cause of the fire is not known at this time. We will update you further as this story develops.