• July 17, 2017

Britt Reller, Melba Dilley, 1 Other Killed, 12 Injured in Honolulu, HI, High-rise Fire Accident

Honolulu, HI -- July 14, 2017, Britt Reller, Melba Dilley, and one other were killed and at least 12 were hurt in a high-rise condo complex fire accident.

Emergency calls came in at around 2:15 p.m. for fire rescue teams to come to the Marco Polo Association of Apartment Owners high-rise condo complex. It is located at 2333 Kapiolani Boulevard.

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined by investigators. They say that the fire broke out somewhere on the 26th floor. It spread up to the 28th floor before it was finally brought under control.

Following rescue efforts, rescue teams found three people on the 26th floor who died in the fire. Two were identified as 54-year-old Reller and his mother 85-year-old Dilley. The third victim has not been identified. At least 12 people were taken to hospitals for treatment. It's unclear how serious their conditions were.

Reports have indicated that the building, which was built in 1971, is not equipped with sprinklers, but it does have a fire alarm system.

No further information is currently available.

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Commentary

Besides being concerned with exactly how the fire broke out, a lot of people are concerned with fact that there are no sprinklers for 36 floor condo building. I've also seen some unconfirmed reports from some residents who claimed not to have heard fire alarms, though these reports are conflicting. I can't say I know any particular details that could clear any of this up, but it's entirely reasonable that people would be concerned with safety procedures equipment of their living space. Especially following the recent fire in London, fire safety in residential buildings has been an important issue as of late.

For the sake of those affected by this tragic incident, there are two questions which need to be asked: What caused the fire, and were all necessary steps taken to keep residents safe? There are likely many factors at work here, and there will need to be extensive investigations to determine what could have been done to prevent this from happening and why those actions weren't taken.

--Grossman Law Offices

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