Families of Marco Polo victims suing management companies
Nearly a year after the deadly Marco Polo fire, the families of the four victims are suing.
Associa Hawaii, the Association of Apartment Owners of the Marco Polo Apartments and Ohana Control Systems were named in the suit.
Three residents died in their apartments that day including Britt Reller, his mother Melba Dilly and Joann Kuwata. Marilyn Van Gieson died a few weeks later from smoke inhalation.
Their families allege the victims' deaths could have been prevented if the defendants followed basic fire and life safety measures.
Instead, the suit claims they allowed fire doors to be propped open. There was no sprinkler system. Most of the units did not have smoke detectors. The alarm system was outdated and the elevator was not maintained.
More information on this lawsuit will be released Thursday.