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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 were searching the damaged areas to make sure no additional people perished.the 36-floor building near the tourist mecca of waikiki 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.four of the injured, including a firefighter, were hospitalized in serious condition, officials said.karen hastings, 71, was in her 31st floor apartment when the fire broke out. she smelled smoke, ran on to her balcony and looked down to see flames below her."the next thing we know the fire causes the windows to blow out, and we can see glass flying all the way down," hastings said. "i says, 'my goodness, anybody who is outside is going to get clobbered with glass.'"then, she said, "the fire just blew up and went flying right out the windows. and that was like a horror movie. except it wasn't a horror movie, it was for real."she and a neighbor ran through the haze down 14 floors until they found a safe stairwell to get some air."we actually ...