No unit fire alarms, condo res­i­dents say

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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.

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