US high-rise blaze kills three

Dhaka,  Sat,  19 August 2017
Published : 15 Jul 2017, 11:04:42
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Honolulu high-rise blaze kills at least three, injures two

At least three people were killed and two suffered smoke inhalation on Friday as a fire consumed several floors of a 36-story condominium tower in Honolulu of the United States, media said.

Thick black smoke poured from the building as orange flames raged on several floors and debris fell from windows in images broadcast by bystanders on the Periscope streaming service, reports Reuters.

More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, spraying water on flames from nearby balconies as a helicopter circled above, images posted online showed.

The fire began on the 26th floor of the Marco Polo high rise building at about 2:15pm, spreading to floors above and below, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

As many as three people died on the 26th floor, Fire Chief Manuel Neves told a news conference at the scene. He did not provide details of the deaths, the paper said.

Emergency responders treated several people, with two taken to a nearby hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, it said, adding that one of the two hospitalised patients was in serious condition, but the other was stable.
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