Surrounded amid burned-out ruins and demolished buildings is a red-roofed house on the Maui shore that has mysteriously been almost completely unaltered.
The horrific wildfires that have ravaged the historic village of Lahaina in West Maui have only left one home standing on a block of housing.
The two-story home’s white walls and red roof mysteriously remain unscathed, startling people on social media.
106 people have died as a result of the fire, while more than 1,000 more remain missing.
Following last week’s horrific fires, only one house on a block of homes in West Maui has mysteriously survived and been virtually unharmed.
Nearly all of the nearby homes have been completely destroyed.
In spite of the post-apocalyptic destruction all around it, the white walls and red roof of the two-story house can be seen in new images remarkably unharmed.
In contrast to the ashes and burned trees, the garden of the seaside mansion still seemed to have some vegetation.
Social media users have given the house the pseudo-mythological moniker “The Red House That Survived Hawaii Wild Fires.”
The Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, which is still standing amidst the debris in downtown Lahaina, is reminiscent of the current situation.
The wildfires that have caused at least 110 fatalities have left behind many destroyed homes.
In a video uploaded to TikTok, the Lanakila Catholic Church church, which has been standing since 1846, is seen standing proudly with its stained glass and tower structure in tact despite the surrounding area smoldering.
Facebook was used by churchgoers to express their thanks that the structure had been preserved.
“May She be the beacon of hope…to help the rest of the community,” Jeffrey Chang wrote.May she serve as a ray of hope for the people of Lahaina, commented another user named Jeffrey Domdoma.
Praise the Lord, for I will build my church on this rock! Please follow me.
All of Lahaina Town has been devastated by fire, Terrence Watanabe, pastor of the adjoining parish of St. Anthony’s, told The Pillar.
All of it is gone.
Both the rectory and the church, Maria Lanakila [Our Lady of Victory], are still extant.
The school has had some minor effects.
Regarding the church’s local relief efforts, Watanabe stated that “our bishop just got back from the meeting on the mainland… the diocese – they’re meeting today to decide what they can help with.”
At this time, Catholic Charities is also organizing in Hawaii.
They may have previously reached out to the national office for assistance and support, too.
He continued, “We’ve started a fund here at St. Anthony [Parish] for people to donate to.”
The 150-year-old banyan tree in Lahaina appeared to have escaped the fires as well.
The historic tree, which has 47 trunks, was still standing as of Friday even though it had suffered extensive burn damage.
The tree, which was brought from India in 1873, is still unknown to have a chance of surviving.
At this time, 110 people have perished in the fire, while more than a thousand people remain missing.
Only five of the victims have been identified by Maui authorities thus far.
Authorities have only so far identified two victims: 74-year-old Robert Dyckman and 79-year-old Buddy Jantoc.
The remaining three have not yet had their names made public since notifying their families is still a priority.
Several additional victims have been identified by friends and family, but they have not yet been included to the official list.
The difficulty responders confront in identifying remains is shown by the slow rate at which victims have been identified.
Island officials have urged survivors to offer DNA swabs in order to aid in the search for lost relatives.
As fresh video revealed the fury of the fires that rushed across Maui at up to one mile per minute on Wednesday, work went on as usual.
Tourists are seen hiding in a pool while it is surrounded by burning structures in a video taken in Lahaina.
They are surrounded by thick clouds of smoke that are being carried by passing Hurricane Dora’s gusts.
According to officials, the heat was sufficient to cause the burned-out cars to melt.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn