(AP) Fire investigators from the Big Island have arrived in Honolulu with an arson dog to search for ignitable liquids in the apartment where a deadly high-rise blaze broke out last week.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins said Tuesday the dog is searching unit 2602 where the fire began. He said the search does not necessarily mean there is a criminal element to their investigation.

The blaze killed three people in nearby apartments and injured a dozen others.

Fire and smoke pour out of the Marco Polo apartment building on Friday.

Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Jenkins said the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also helping to determine the cause of the fire.

Honolulu police said Monday the damaged apartments are not considered a crime scene. The fire department released the building around 1 a.m. Saturday, just hours after battling the flames Friday night.

How much do you value our journalism?

Civil Beat focuses exclusively on the kind of journalism most at risk of disappearing – in-depth, investigative and enterprise coverage of important local issues. While producing this type of journalism isn’t cheap, you won’t find our content hidden behind a paywall. We also never worry about upsetting advertisers – because we don’t allow any. As a nonprofit newsroom, we rely on donations from readers like you to help keep our stories free and accessible to everyone. If you value our journalism, show us with your support.

 

About the Author