US Fire department IDs unit where Honolulu high-rise fire began

01:51  18 july  2017
01:51  18 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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HONOLULU (AP) - Fire investigators have determined where a deadly fire began in a Honolulu high - rise apartment building, but they're still working to identify the cause. Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins says Monday the origin of the fire is unit 2602.

Fire investigators have determined where a deadly fire began in a Honolulu high - rise apartment building, but they're still working to identify the cause. July 17, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.

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HONOLULU — Fire investigators have determined where a deadly blaze began in a Honolulu high-rise apartment building, but they're still working to identify the cause.

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Fire investigators have determined where a deadly fire began in a Honolulu high - rise apartment building, but they're still working to identify the cause. Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins says Monday the origin of the fire is unit 2602.

Fire department IDs unit where Honolulu high - rise fire began . Fire investigators have determined where a deadly fire began in a Honolulu high - rise apartment building, but they're still working to identify the cause.More >.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins says Monday the origin of the fire is unit 2602. He says it's across the hall from units where bodies of two women and a man were found.

Jenkins says investigators will determine exactly where in the unit Friday's fire started and what caused it.

The Marco Polo building was constructed in 1971, before fire sprinklers were required in high-rises. Fire officials say sprinklers would have prevented flames from spreading.

Jenkins says it's one of the worst fires in modern Honolulu history.

Some residents say they had trouble hearing sirens and didn't realize there was fire raging until opening their doors.

A man takes pictures off of a balcony of the damage left from a deadly fire that destroyed several floors of the Marco Polo residence, Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Honolulu. A fire broke out Friday afternoon in a unit on the 26th floor, where all three of the dead were found, Fire Chief Manuel Neves said. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) © The Associated Press A man takes pictures off of a balcony of the damage left from a deadly fire that destroyed several floors of the Marco Polo residence, Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Honolulu. A fire broke out Friday afternoon in a unit on the 26th floor, where all three of the dead were found, Fire Chief Manuel Neves said. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Arson dog searches Honolulu high-rise for ignitable liquids .
Fire investigators from Hawaii's Big Island have arrived in Honolulu with an arson dog to search for ignitable liquids in the apartment where a deadly high-rise blaze broke out last week. Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins said Tuesday the dog is searching unit 2602 where the fire began. He said the search does not necessarily mean there is a criminal element to their investigation.The blaze killed three people in nearby apartments and injured a dozen others.Jenkins said the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also helping to determine the cause of the fire.

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