. Maui County sues utility, alleging negligence over fires that ravaged Lahaina « JO LEE MAGAZINE

AP NEWS – Witness accounts and video indicated that sparks from power lines ignited fires as utility poles snapped in the winds, which were driven by a passing hurricane. The Aug. 8 fires killed at least 115 people and left an unknown number of others missing, making them the deadliest in the U.S. in more than a century. Hawaii Electric said in a statement it is “very disappointed that Maui County chose this litigious path while the investigation is still unfolding.” The lawsuit said the destruction could have been avoided and that the utility had a duty “to properly maintain and repair the electric transmission lines.”

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