Man says brother called as fire neared

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

HONOLULU — A Hawai­ian Air­lines in-flight man­ager called his brother as smoke filled his 26th-floor apart­ment in Honolulu be­fore he and his mother lost their lives in the blaze, the man’s brother said.

Pearl City Com­mu­nity Church Pas­tor Phil Reller told The Honolulu Star-Ad­ver­tiser that po­lice con­firmed that two of the three vic­tims killed in the blaze Fri­day are his mother and brother.

Reller told the news­pa­per he re­ceived a call from his brother, Britt Reller, 54, say­ing he had been tak­ing a shower when he smelled the smoke. He rushed out but was un­able to get to their 85-year-old mother, Melba Jean­nine Dil­ley. He had crawled un­der a bed and wasn’t heard from again, his brother told the news­pa­per.

Britt Reller had worked as an in-flight man­ager for Hawai­ian Air­lines for two years.

The fire broke out in a unit on the 26th floor, where all three of the dead were found, Fire Chief Manuel Neves said.

The build­ing known as the Marco Polo res­i­dences is not re­quired to have fire sprin­klers, which would have con­fined the blaze to the unit where it started, Neves said. The 36-floor build­ing near the tourist mecca of Waikiki was built in 1971, be­fore sprin­klers were manda­tory in high­rises. It has over 500 units.

AP/MARCO GAR­CIA

A bus ar­rives late Fri­day to take evac­uees to a nearby shel­ter af­ter a deadly fire in the Marco Polo apart­ment build­ing in Honolulu.

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