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MAUI APOCALYPSE: Citizens Jump in Ocean to Escape Flames

DEVELOPING STORY: A wall of flames destroyed much of historic downtown Lahaina on Maui. Many residents were forced to jump into the ocean to escape the fast-moving flames.

“Eyewitnesses described an apocalyptic scene Tuesday in Lahaina town, where residents were forced to jump into the harbor waters,” Hawaii News Now reports. Watch video of the blaze below and click here to join Todd’s private Facebook group for conservatives.

Acting Gov. Sylvia Luke told Hawaii News Now that the National Guard had been activated to help respond to the sprawling fire crisis, which also includes other raging wildfires.

“It’s just so hard. I’m currently Upcountry and just knowing I can’t get a hold of any of my family members. I still don’t know where my little brother is. I don’t know where my stepdad is,” one resident told the newspaper. “Everyone I know in Lahaina, their homes have burned down.”

The Coast Guard says they’ve rescued at least 12 people from the waters off Maui.

Front Street business owner Alan Dickar told CBS News buildings on both sides of the street were engulfed in flames. Dickar said it appeared the fire department was overwhelmed.

“Maui can’t handle this,” Dickar said. “A lot of people just lost their jobs because a lot of businesses burned. A lot of people lost their homes. … This is going to be devastating for Maui.”

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