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3 dead in fire at honolulu high-rise with no sprinklers

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3 dead in fire at honolulu high-rise with no sprinklers

honolulu — at least three people died and 12 were injured friday in a fire at a honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said, and hundreds fled the giant condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors.the dead were found on the 26th floor, where the fire broke out around 2:15 p.m. and then spread to the 28th floor of the marco polo residences, fire chief manuel neves said. firefighters went door-to-door searching for people who might be trapped.the 36-floor building was built in 1971, before sprinklers were required."without a doubt if there were sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit of origin," he said.resident teresa sommerville was shaken after hearing a woman's pleas for help."this lady's voice ... i'm trembling," sommerville told khon-tv. "she's like 'help me, help me,' and i couldn't see her because the smoke was so dark. all of a sudden the wind shifts and you see this lady is standing inside the lanai. she's not standing over the edge or anything, and she's like 'help me, help me.'"the blaze was still smoldering as the sun set, some four hours after it broke out, but no more flames were showing from outside the building and authorities said they expected to have it out soon.the high-rise, one of several near the tourist mecca of waikiki, has 568 condominiums that sell for an average of about $560,000 and four commercial spaces.the building is vast and wave-shaped, and has sev...