HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Fire Department on Friday released a collection of first-person videos taken by firefighters in the aftermath of a massive seven-alarm fire that killed three and injured a dozen others at a Kapiolani Blvd. condominium.
On July 14, more than 120 firefighters were called to the Marco Polo condominium complex in McCully for what's since been called the worst highrise fire in Hawaii history; hundreds of units were damaged, and some residents say they are still unsure when they'll be able to return to their homes.
The video released to Hawaii News Now on Friday does not show firefighters battling any flames associated with the tragic blaze. Instead, the video files – more than 40 in all, taken the day after the fire took place – are a sobering look at the damage done by flames to many of the apartments in the complex.
Many apartments that were completely destroyed appear to better resemble residences under construction than ones that were once called homes; in some metal pillars that once held drywall are the only structures that remain standing.
The clips also show several residences that were only partially damaged by the flames. A bed and several chairs appear intact in one video, though the wall has been turned black by smoke and heat-related damage.
In the aftermath of the blaze, fire department officials said about one-third of the department's resources and equipment were used to battle the flames. Firefighters saved at least five people on the 26th floor, where the fire originated.
After an exhaustive analysis, Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell said the city was still unsure what caused the fire, though Fire Chief Manuel Neves did say that there was no indication that the fire was intentionally set. Investigators also did not find the presence of a drug lab.