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Marco Polo High Rise Fire

Honolulu Condos Must Comply Now With New Fire Safety Rules Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Condos Must Comply Now With New Fire Safety Rules

The City Council had pushed for a delay in implementation, but couldn’t override a mayoral veto of the postponement.

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements

Only about half as many high rises built before 1975 would have to be retrofitted under an amended version of the measure.

What Started The Marco Polo Fire Remains A Mystery Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

What Started The Marco Polo Fire Remains A Mystery

Honolulu fire investigators know where the Honolulu high-rise fire started and how it spread, but not what caused it.

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says

Residential buildings could each be evaluated to determine if a sprinkler retrofitting is necessary, a City Council committee is told.

Firefighters Union Protests Lack Of Information On Marco Polo Investigation Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Firefighters Union Protests Lack Of Information On Marco Polo Investigation

The Honolulu Fire Department knows the cause of the fire, but is refusing to reveal it — even to their own firefighters — until reports are finalized.

Denby Fawcett: 5 Ways Hawaii Condo Dwellers Can Protect Themselves Courtesy of Brigida Schmidt

Denby Fawcett: 5 Ways Hawaii Condo Dwellers Can Protect Themselves

The fatal Marco Polo fire taught some hard lessons but also provided a wake-up call for residents of high-rise buildings.

Denby Fawcett: Big Questions Still Smolder Two Months After Marco Polo Fire Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Big Questions Still Smolder Two Months After Marco Polo Fire

Investigators haven’t revealed the cause of the fatal high rise blaze. The building has adequate insurance, says a specialist, but displaced residents are frustrated.

Honolulu Council Sends Sprinkler Retrofit Bill To Advisory Panel Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Council Sends Sprinkler Retrofit Bill To Advisory Panel

A new committee will study which high rises are at greatest risk, fire safety technology and financial incentives for condo owners.

Marco Polo Fire: Taxpayers Should Help Pay For High-Rise Sprinklers Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Marco Polo Fire: Taxpayers Should Help Pay For High-Rise Sprinklers

Retrofitting old buildings with sprinklers and other vital safety measures is clearly in the best interest of all of us.

Marco Polo Building Had Outdated Fire Alarms When 3 Died In Blaze AP

Marco Polo Building Had Outdated Fire Alarms When 3 Died In Blaze

An engineering firm had recommended updates after another fire four years ago, according to city records.

Council Members Put Mayor’s Call For Sprinkler Retrofitting On Hold Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Council Members Put Mayor’s Call For Sprinkler Retrofitting On Hold

They approve a call for a fire safety group established more than 10 years ago to reconvene.

Many US Cities Still Have High-Rise Buildings Without Sprinklers Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Many US Cities Still Have High-Rise Buildings Without Sprinklers

American cities have a mixed bag of laws on whether older buildings, particularly residential buildings,   must be retrofitted.

Marco Polo High Rise Fire