Dozens of highrise fire evacuees seek help at Red Cross shelter

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - About 50 people evacuated from the Marco Polo highrise after a massive blaze Friday sought help at a Red Cross shelter at Iolani School

They gathered in the school's air conditioned gym, many of them still dazed and in shock over the day's events.

It's not yet clear when residents who were evacuated from the Kapiolani Boulevard will be allowed to return, but there was hope that some residents would be allowed to return early Saturday.

At the shelter, the Red Cross brought in cots and food was made available.

Michelle Tupou said she was one of the lucky ones -- she'd be staying at her mom's house.

"The hard part is getting a car to get there," she said.

Access to Marco Polo parking garages was blocked off until late evening.

Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the Red Cross of Hawaii, said that once the building is deemed safe, Red Cross volunteers will conduct damage assessments "to see exactly who needs longer-term help."

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