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Maui fires death toll rises to 115, marking deadliest natural disaster in Hawaii history

The Maui wildfires are now the deadliest natural disaster in state history. As of today, at least 115 people are confirmed dead, county officials said Friday night, and many are still missing. [2]

The fires started Aug. 8 and fanned out across the island, growing in size and destructive power. Hawaii declared a state of emergency on Aug. 9. [3]

It quickly spun out of control.

At least 11,000 travelers were evacuated from Maui, officials said. [3]

The devastating wildfires have cost several billions of dollars in damage to 3,088 residences, according to a recent preliminary estimate from CoreLogic. [4]

“What we saw today was likely the largest natural disaster in Hawaii state history,”
Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said.
“It’s going to take a great deal of time to recover from this.”

“All the places that are tourist areas, that are Hawaiian history, are gone, and that can’t be replaced. You can’t refurbish a building that’s just ashes now. It can’t be rebuilt — it’s gone forever,”
said Richard Olsten, a helicopter pilot from Air Maui who flew over the devastating scene.

“It’s a huge impact and blow on the history of Hawaii and Maui and Lahaina,”
Olsten said. [6]

Lahaina resident Tiare Lawrence compared the scene to something out of the apocalypse, with people running for their lives.

It’s just so hard.

I’m currently Upcountry and just knowing I can’t get a hold of any of my family members. I still don’t know where my little brother is. I don’t know where my stepdad is,”
she said. [7]

“Everyone I know in Lahaina, their homes have burned down.”

Thankfully, in an update on Thursday, Lawrence said she has been reunited with her loved ones. Unfortunately not everybody had the same luck.

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What caused the Maui fires? Here's what we know.

The official cause of the fire is still being investigated.

A number of factors including high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation likely contributed, said Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, adjutant general for the Hawaii State Department of Defense. [8]

Emergency sirens weren’t activated ahead of deadly blaze.

Maui’s warning sirens were not activated as deadly wildfires approached the town of Lahaina, emergency officials said. Three other alert systems were implemented, according to Hawaii Emergency Services Administration.

Some survivors believe they were not sufficiently warned through emergency alerts as the crisis deepened, adding to the confusion in what has become one of Hawaii’s deadliest natural disasters. [9]

Lahaina and Kula fires claims more than homes.

‘I lost my mom’s ashes’ – Sidney Benson. [10]

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If your home was worth 800k, what is your life worth? The destruction from the fire on your property may be obvious but the destruction to your life and emotional well-being is not so obvious.

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Many renters and homeowners left in ruins from the Lahaina and Kula fires; may be eligible to receive large compensation, even without insurance. The money will cover displacement, lost property, emotional, and other hidden damages.

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