Honolulu high-rise fire that left 3 dead like 'horror movie'

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HONOLULU (AP) -- A fire that broke out Friday afternoon in a unit on the 26th floor of a Honolulu high-rise left three people dead and 12 injured.

All of the dead were found on the floor where the fire broke out, Fire Chief Manuel Neves said. Firefighters continued to go through the building to extinguish any hot spots and look for more victims.

A shelter was set up at a nearby school where about 50 residents had gathered.

Karen Hastings was in her 31st floor Honolulu apartment when she smelled smoke. She ran out to her balcony, looked down, and saw flames five floors below her.

She said the fire blew up and went flying out the windows before she ran to a lower floor to get fresh air.

Most residents will be allowed back into the high-rise apartment building.

A Hawaiian Airlines in-flight manager and his mother were among the victims of a high-rise fire in Honolulu.

Pearl City Community Church Pastor Phil Reller told The Honolulu Star-Advertiser that police confirmed that two of the victims in the Honolulu high-rise fire are his mother and brother.

Reller told the newspaper he received a call from his brother, Britt Reller, 54, saying smoke was filling the condominium, Unit 2613. His brother said he had been taking a shower and rushed out but was unable to get to their 85-year-old mother.

His brother said smoke was filling his room, and he had crawled under a bed. "He couldn't reach my mother," Phil Reller said.

He said police later confirmed that his brother and mother, Melba Jeannine Dilley, were among the dead.

Britt Reller worked as an in-flight manager for Hawaiian Airlines.

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."

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