Hawaii News Digest, 21 July 2017, 15:30 hrs, UTC, Post #15348.
Accessed on 21 July 2017, 15:30 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Gina Mangieri.
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An examination of the fire incident logs from the recent Marco Polo Condominium that killed three people “reveals just how massive the operation and coordination had to be to battle the deadly fire.”
According to KHON 2 reporter Gina Mangieri, the task of fighting the fire was complicated by a lack of resources used to fight the blaze and by falling debris and thick smoke with imperiled both fire crews and residents escaping the building.
An anonymous fire fighter told KHON 2 that a lot went wrong in fighting this high-rise fire:
“The mobile command center, which didn’t come at the same time that the Fire 3 didn’t show up, it’s designed to take the command team out of the hectic scene and put them in a quiet area where they can work together and be organized and effective,” the firefighter said. “There’s no reason why that equipment didn’t come. We’ve spent a lot of money on this MCC and this is the prime example of a situation. It should have been deployed.”
This and other issues were explored at a meeting held with the Honolulu Fire Chief and other Honolulu city officials. Among the topics on the agenda were fire dangers not addressed by the Marco Polo owners and the large number of disabled and senior citizens trapped in upper floors.
When the Marco Polo complex was built, the installation of sprinkler systems was not a requirement for occupancy. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is supporting a bill that would require fire suppression systems in any building higher than 75 feet/22.86 meters.
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