Honolulu tower blaze kills 3, including mother and son


HONOLULU, July 14 (Reuters) - Flames ripped through three floors of a Honolulu tower block, killing three people including a mother and her adult son on Friday, media said.

The blaze at the 36-story Marco Polo condominium complex sent thick black smoke pouring over the city, a month to the day after a deadly high-rise fire in London.

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Firefighters sprayed water onto the flames from nearby balconies and brought them under control at about 6:30 p.m. local time (0430 GMT Saturday), fours hours after the fire began, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told reporters.

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The Marco Polo apartment building after a fire broke out in it in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
Karen Hastings (L), who was evacuated from the floors where the fire broke out at Marco Polo apartment building, talks with another resident, in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
Evacuated residents look up at Marco Polo apartment building after a fire broke out in it in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
A police officer directs a fire truck to the Marco Polo apartment building after a fire broke out in it in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
Search and Rescue paramedics prepare to go into Marco Polo apartment building after a fire broke out in it in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
Paramedics help a resident of the Marco Polo apartment building after a fire broke out in it in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
A police officer directs a fire truck at the Marco Polo apartment building after a fire broke out in it in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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"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."

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper said a mother and her adult son were among the three people who perished on the 26th floor, where the fire started. At least 12 other people were injured, it added.

Fire Chief Manuel Neves told reporters 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.

More than 100 firefighters tackled the fire and officers were conducting a room-by-room search, a task that could take several hours, he added.

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The building was constructed in 1971, before the city began requiring sprinkler systems, the Star-Advertiser newspaper said.

In London, at least 80 people were killed when a fire gutted the 24-story Grenfell Tower block on June 14. That building was also built in the 1970s and did not have a sprinkler system.

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A man looks at a message wall near the scene of the fire which destroyed the Grenfell Tower block, in north Kensington, west London, Britain June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
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Missing person signs are displayed close to Grenfell Tower block, which was destroyed in a fire,west London, Britain June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
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People light candles at a prayer vigil outside Notting Hill Methodist Church close to the tower block severely damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
People light candles at a prayer vigil outside Notting Hill Methodist Church close to the tower block severely damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: A Girl prays as a minute's silence is observed, taken on June 15, 2017 in London, England. Local residents and well-wishers gather at a short vigil outside Notting Hill Methodist Church near the scene of the Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster in which so far seventeen people have been reported killed, with dozens injured, many still missing and scores of people rendered homeless. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Davey / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Davey / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: A woman is overcome with emotion - many local residents had friends and families in Grenfell Tower, taken on June 15, 2017 in London, England. Local residents and well-wishers gather at a short vigil outside Notting Hill Methodist Church near the scene of the Grenfell Tower Fire Disaster in which so far seventeen people have been reported killed, with dozens injured, many still missing and scores of people rendered homeless. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Davey / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Davey / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A child holds candles outside Notting hill Methodist Church following the blaze at Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London on June 15, 2017. Firefighters searched for bodies today in a London tower block gutted by a blaze that has already left 17 dead, as questions grew over whether a recent refurbishment contributed to the fire. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: A man writes a message 'babies thrown from buildings (why) in 2017', on June 15, 2017 in London, England. In the aftermath of a fire that raged through a residential tower block, Grenfell Tower, in Kensington, West London that has claimed twelve lives so far, with many more missing and left hundreds homeless and injured. PHOTOGRAPH BY Paul Davey / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Paul Davey / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: People attend a vigil at Notting Hill Methodist Church near Grenfell Tower on June 15, 2017 in London, England. At least 17 people have been confirmed dead and dozens missing, after the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road was engulfed in flames in the early hours of June 14. The number of fatalities are expected to rise. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Flowers are left on a fence near Grenfell Tower on June 15, 2017 in London, England. At least 17 people have been confirmed dead and dozens missing, after the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road was engulfed in flames in the early hours of June 14. The number of fatalities are expected to rise. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Poster for missing people are seen on a wall near Grenfell Tower on June 15, 2017 in London, England. At least 17 people have been confirmed dead and dozens missing, after the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road was engulfed in flames in the early hours of June 14. The number of fatalities are expected to rise. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Tributes and messages of condolence for the victims are seen on a wall near to the site of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 15, 2017 in London, England. At least 17 people have been confirmed dead and dozens missing, after the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road was engulfed in flames in the early hours of June 14. The number of fatalities are expected to rise. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan hugs a resident while visiting Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London which was gutted by a blaze on June 15, 2017. Firefighters searched for bodies today in a London tower block gutted by a blaze that has already left 17 dead, as questions grew over whether a recent refurbishment contributed to the fire. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Two women embrace after writing messages on the wall of condolence following the blaze at Grenfell Tower, a residential tower block in west London on June 15, 2017. Firefighters searched for bodies today in a London tower block gutted by a blaze that has already left 12 dead, as questions grew over whether a recent refurbishment contributed to the fire. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hugs councillor Mushtaq Lasharie as he arrives at St Clement's Church in west London where volunteers have provided shelter and support for people affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower, on June 15, 2017 in West London, England. (Photo by David Mirzoeff - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: People write tributes and messages of condolences for the victims on a wall near to the site of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 15, 2017 in London, England. At least twelve people have been confirmed dead and dozens missing after the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road was engulfed in flames in the early hours of June 14. The number of fatalities are expected to rise. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Prays are said and candles are lit outside Notting Hill Methodist Church near the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared the fire a major incident as more than 200 firefighters are still tackling the blaze, while at least 50 people are receiving hospital treatment. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: The Grenfell Tower catches up fire on June 14, 2017 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A woman lights a candle outside a church near a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
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Images posted online on Friday showed orange flames raging on several floors and debris falling from windows. There were no immediate reports on what caused the blaze in Honolulu.

"We were all trying to help as much as we could ... but there was a fire and you could see it spreading," said 72-year-old resident Karen Hastings, who was in the building when the fire broke out.

One firefighter and four residents were taken to hospital while eight other residents were treated at the scene, the Star-Advertiser said.

Volunteers were looking after residents at a nearby park, the Hawaii Red Cross said on Twitter.

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

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