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Maui police raise county’s official wildfire death toll to 98

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / SEPT. 25
                                The devastation of the Aug. 8 wildfire in Lahaina is seen last week on Honoapiilani Highway between Kaniau Road and Lahaina Gateway.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / SEPT. 25

The devastation of the Aug. 8 wildfire in Lahaina is seen last week on Honoapiilani Highway between Kaniau Road and Lahaina Gateway.

Maui police updated the county’s official fire death toll to 98 on Tuesday, four days after a Lahaina woman’s family confirmed she had died from injuries sustained in the Aug. 8 wildfire.

Laurie Allen, 65, died Friday at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that Allen died in the hospital from severe burns she had received after abandoning her car and running through the flames as she tried to escape the inferno that destroyed the historic Maui seaside town.

Of the 98 confirmed fatalities, 92 have been publicly identified after notification of next of kin, while two have been identified but their families have not been located or notified, county officials said.


Click here to view a list of individuals who have been confirmed dead by authorities as a result of the Aug. 8, 2023, wildfire in Lahaina.


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