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Saturday, 15 July 2017 - 19:50
Flames rip through Honolulu tower block in Hawaii
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At least three people have been killed and more are feared dead in a fire in a block of high-rise flats in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Black smoke was seen billowing from the 26th floor of the 36-storey condominium, a short distance from one of the US state's famous beaches.

Twelve people were hurt in the blaze, according to officials.

Emergency services are still searching for survivors.

Officials said the building did not have a sprinkler system.

The fire at the Marco Polo complex was first reported in a call to the fire department at 14:17 on Friday local time and was announced to be under control just before 19:00, though firefighters later responded to a "flare-up".

The blaze started on the 26th floor, where the three fatalities were discovered, and spread to the 28th.

Evacuees, including some of the injured, were taken to a nearby park.

The Marco Polo, which has 586 units, is situated about a mile from the world-famous Waikiki beach.

It was built in 1971, three years before sprinkler systems became mandatory.
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