Seriously injured woman who fled Maui wildfires on foot still dies seven weeks later | outside

A woman who managed to escape wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui by running across a burning field on foot has died more than seven weeks later. All the while she was seriously injured in the burn unit of a hospital in Honolulu.

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gofundme page The deaths of Lori Allen and her husband, Perry, were announced. “Lori passed away peacefully from us. Her heart was tired and she was ready,” her sister-in-law, Penny Allen Hood, wrote on the website.

Allen was one of more than 100 people killed in the wildfire that destroyed the historic city of Lahaina on Maui’s west coast on August 8. The fire was the deadliest in the United States in more than a century and destroyed 2,200 buildings, most of them homes.

Without warning

The fire broke out when strong winds hit a power pole, igniting dry bush and grass. After the fire was brought under control, it flared up again and swept through the city. Residents were warned too late or were not warned at all because the sirens were not activated.

Allen, a physical therapy administrative assistant, was working from home when the fire broke out. She tried to flee in a car with several other people, but a falling tree stopped her.

Allen got out of the car and ran nearly a hundred yards across a field of burned grass. She ran into the arms of a police officer and a firefighter and was immediately taken to an emergency shelter. Despite undergoing several operations and skin grafts, her condition deteriorated in recent days. She was taken off life support on Friday and later died.

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8,000 displaced people

Seven weeks after the devastating fire, nearly 8,000 displaced people are still living in hotels and other accommodation around Maui. Without additional financial assistance, many residents will not be able to make their homes in the historic tourist town of Lahaina habitable again.

Hawaii Governor Josh Green estimates that 80 percent of the city is lost. According to a preliminary estimate by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the cost of rebuilding Lahaina will be about $5.5 billion, equivalent to more than 5 billion euros.

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