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High-rises are loath to retrofit sprinklers

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF REINOLD JONES

    Fire, heat, smoke and water damage to unit 2715 and surrounding units at the Marco Polo condominium, 2333 Kapiolani Blvd, as a result of the July 14 fire, killing 3 people. An estimated 300 residential high-rises on Oahu do not have automatic sprinkler systems because they were built before such fire-safety equipment was required in 1975.

Each time a fire causes significant damage at an old residential high-rise without sprinklers, it usually sparks renewed talk of requiring owners to install the potentially lifesaving equipment. Read more

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