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Marco Polo fire victims: Two months later

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Honolulu Fire officials said they've determined what caused the deadly fire at the Marco Polo Apartments.  The seven-alarm inferno broke out at the McCully high rise two months ago. HFD said before it releases the cause, officials want to review the compiled report. Fire officials also want to douse rumors that have been spreading, saying it isn't linked to cooking, arson or illegal drugs.

Brigitte Bieheller has lived at Marco Polo for 40 years, her 6th floor apartment was untouched by the fire. A much different story for her neighbors on the 26th floor where three people died. Fire officials determined the blaze originated in unit 2602. Bieheller is among many craving answers.  


"My question is what did they do in that apartment? What did they have in there," said Bieheller.

The 36 story building was built in 1971 before fire sprinklers were mandatory. HFD said if sprinklers were put in, it could've saved lives.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell introduced a bill that would require all high rises install them.

For now, Honolulu City Council has deferred it.

Some in opposition of the bill wonder who would be left with paying the estimated $8,000 per unit price tag.

Indar Lange was in the middle of renovation work in his second floor unit during the fire. Everything was thankfully spared.
Lange said he isn't keen on paying for the sprinkler.

"It would probably increase our maintenance fees. I understand that they're trying to be precautious but it's a tricky one. It's tricky on both sides," Lange said.

The fire caused more than $100 million in damage. More than 80 units were severely damaged. Contractors have been on site the past couple of months making repairs.

No word yet on when repairs are expected to be complete.

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