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3 dead in fire in honolulu high-rise apartment building

honolulu — at least three people died in a fire that broke out on the 26th floor of a honolulu high-rise friday and hundreds fled as smoke billowed from the upper floors of the giant apartment complex.the blaze at the marco polo apartments spread from the 26th floor to at least the 28th floor and hit several units, said honolulu fire department spokesman capt. david jenkins.the three dead were found on the 26th floor, said fire chief manuel neves.firefighters say there were reports of people trapped in their units in the burning building and some residents were unaccounted for.the high-rise near the tourist mecca waikiki has 568 apartments and four commercial spaces. paramedics treated several injured people and at least four people were sent to the hospital. at least 12 people needed medical help, jenkins said."we could see smoke billowing out already and the ground was scorched outside the stairwell," said patrick williamson, who lives on the 32nd floor with his two sons, ages 10 and 12. they evacuated when they smelled smoke."i feel worried, concerned and a little angry," he said. "for the fire to get this out of control is a little suspicious. either the fire department was late in response or there was something going on in that unit. either way one wonders what happened and i feel a little bit less secure living in the building."troy yasuda, who lives in a building across the street, was giving water to people who evacuated. "they were choking from the smoke,"...