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Firefighters checking for trapped residents in Honolulu high-rise fire

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HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on a fire in a Honolulu high-rise apartment building (all times local):

Fire department confirms at least three people dead in fire in Honolulu high-rise apartment building.

4:00 p.m.

Honolulu firefighters say there are reports of people trapped in their units in a burning Honolulu high-rise apartment building.

Capt. David Jenkins says most residents have made it safely out of the Marco Polo apartments but firefighters are checking to see if there are residents are unable to get out.

He says more than 60 firefighters are battling the blaze that began Friday afternoon in a unit on the 26th floor. He says it has spread to at least the 27th floor and multiple units.

Jenkins says there are several people who required medical help.

Building security guard Leonard Rosa says police and firefighters are going door-to-door. He says the evacuation has been orderly.

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3:30 p.m.

More than 60 firefighters are battling a multiple-alarm fire in a Honolulu high-rise apartment building.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. David Jenkins says Friday's fire at Marco Polo apartments started on the 26th floor and has spread to other units.

He says paramedics are treating several injured people.

Troy Yasuda, who lives in a building across the street, was giving water to people who evacuated. He says they were choking from the smoke.

Yasuda says police are yelling through megaphones for people still inside to come down. Yasuda says some people are being carried out.

One resident who declined to give his name says he took the stairs from the 29th floor after smelling fire and seeing the blaze below from his balcony. He says there was so much black smoke he could hardly see.

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