Victims identified in deadly Hawaii highrise fire

HONOLULU — The three victims killed in a fire at a Honolulu high-rise apartment that was not equipped with sprinklers have been identified, family members and sources said on Saturday. 

Officials said two women and a man died, all residents of the 26th floor, died in the blaze, CBS affiliate KGMB reports

Pearl City Community Church Pastor Phil Reller told The Honolulu Star-Advertiser that police confirmed that two of the three victims killed in the blaze Friday are his mother and brother. 

Britt Reller, right, died in the Honolulu fire on July 14, 2017.

Phil Reller

Reller told the newspaper he received a call from his brother, Britt Reller, 54, saying he had been taking a shower when he smelled the smoke. He rushed out but was unable to get to their 85-year-old mother, Melba Jeannine Dilley. He had crawled under a bed and wasn’t heard from again, his brother told the newspaper.

Britt Reller had worked as an in-flight manager for Hawaiian Airlines for two years. In an emailed statement to The Associated Press on Saturday, Robin Sparling, vice president of in-flight services at the airline, said Reller “was a talented manager and caring co-worker and we will miss him terribly. Our hearts are with Britt’s brother, Phil, and his entire family.” 

Some residents of the Marco Polo condo were allowed to return home Saturday morning. The fire roared through more than a dozen units on high floors, trapping tenants who couldn’t safely evacuate and sending black, billowing smoke into the Honolulu skyline.

Nearly 100 firefighters fought the massive highrise fire — one of the biggest in recent history in Hawaii — as it raged for five hours before being declared under control. It was extinguished by midnight. The fire started on the 26th floor. With the elevators down, firefighters were using human chains to get equipment to crews on high floors.

Five people, including a firefighter, were…

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