Firefighters said there were reports of people trapped in their units in the building, while some residents were unaccounted for.
At least three people are believed to have died in a fire that broke out in an apartment block in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Friday afternoon.
According to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman David Jenkins, the blaze at the Marco Polo apartments broke out on the 26th floor and spread to the 28th floor, affecting several units.
Fire Chief Manuel Neves confirmed that the three dead were found on the 26th floor.
At least 12 people were injured, but no news was immediately available about their condition.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said that the wave-shaped building, built in 1971, did not have fire sprinklers.
It took firefighters a few hours to put out the blaze.