A wildfire on the Hawaiian island of Maui has led to allegations that a malfunctioning warning system delayed the evacuation of residents.
According to the Associated Press, Maui resident Thomas Leonard said he didn’t realize there was a wildfire until he smelled smoke.
He added that he was forced to escape with no power and no communication, and was rescued after hiding behind a seawall for several hours.
In response, Adam Weintrup, a spokesperson for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said there was no record of warning sirens being activated on the island of Maui on August 8, when the wildfires first started.
He added that alerts were sent out via cell phones, TV, and radio, but it’s unclear if that was before power or internet was lost.
Hawaii is equipped with about 400 sirens across the state to alert residents to natural disasters or other threats, and has been deemed to have a coordinated response.
However, the missing alert raises questions about the alarm system, the Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, firefighting efforts on Maui have been hampered by a shortage of firefighters.
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