No unit fire alarms, condo residents say
HONOLULU — As flames raged through a Honolulu high-rise building, killing three people and injuring a dozen others, fellow residents didn’t even realize a blaze had broken out until they opened their doors and saw firefighters racing to battle the inferno.
There were no building fire alarm sirens in the units at the Marco Polo high-rise apartment building where the blaze broke out, several residents said in interviews.
Britt Reller and his mother, Melba Jeannine Dilley, were among those killed, his brother told a Honolulu newspaper.
Joanna Kuwata, 71, was also killed in the fire, her sister told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Jayne Matsuyama said her sister’s apartment was not damaged by fire, and she suspects she died of smoke inhalation.
Air Force cyber-technician Cory La Roe said there were no announcements or flashing lights when the fire broke out.
Gordon Kihune, who has lived in the building for about 12 years, also said he didn’t hear the alarms going off when the fire broke out.