Five People Trapped in a Car in Lahaina Rescued During Fire by Hawaii Emergency Services
"Five people inside a white van between ages 18-30. Outside Outlets of Maui. PLEASE ADVISE PLEASE ADVISE EVERYTHING ON FIRE! 6:13 pm HST."
August 17, 2023
It is one story of thousands. But one family caught in a white van in downtown Lahaina while the town was destroyed in the fire of 8.9.23, left a tale of fear and eventual redemption, via text messages.
"My brother's girlfriend's cousin and his family were caught in their vehicle in Maui while the wildfires suddenly erupted around them. No cell service, so Apple Emergency SOS was the only way they could get in contact with first responders. Literally saved their lives." Tweeted @Michael Miraflor.
"Five people inside a white van between ages 18-30. Outside Territorial Savings Bank, Outlets of Maui. PLEASE ADVISE PLEASE ADVISE EVERYTHING ON FIRE! 6:13 pm HST" reads the first message.
Unsure. Fire is all around us. 6:13 pm HST
All buildings around us on fire. 6:14 pm HST
Should we drive?
DRIVING. CANNOT REACH OCEAN
Visibility is zero. We are in same location Territorial Savings Bank Maui Outlets. 6:31 pm HST
Emergency Services: We are updating the fire dept trying to get someone to your location.
Five people inside a white van ages 18-30, Territorial Savings Bank, Outlets of Maui. Please advise, car is super hot... 632pm HST
We are in same locaiton have not moved, Territorial Savings Bank, 6:35 pm HST
Emergency services: WE ARE TELLING THEM HANG ON
Got it, ty. PLEASE PUT ON YOUR HAZARDS, UNDERSTAND THEY ARE EVACUATING, DISCONNECTION.