At least 55 people died on Maui. Residents had little warning before wildfires overtook a town

August 11, 2023

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii emergency management records show no indication that warning sirens sounded before people ran for their lives from wildfires on Maui that killed at least 55 people and wiped out a historic town. Power and cellphone service had both gone out earlier Tuesday, leaving the town with no real-time information about the danger. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Adam Weintraub told The Associated Press that the department’s records don’t show that Maui’s warning sirens were triggered on Tuesday, when the Lahaina fire began. Wildfire wreckage is seen in Lahaina, Hawaii. The burnt wildfire wreckage of a boat is seen in Lahaina, Hawaii.