Hawaii Residents Say They Had Little Warning To Flee Before Fires Spread

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Residents of Lahaina, Hawaii, say that they had little to no warning before having to flee the fire which has devastated the historic town.  Emergency management records show that none of the warning sirens sounded with officials instead sending alerts to mobile phones, televisions and radio stations.  Survivors say they realized that they were in danger only when they saw flames or heard explosions nearby.  The death toll from the fires is 55 people confirmed killed but is expected to rise to be the deadliest natural disaster since a tsunami struck the Big Island in 1946 and killed more than 150 people.  Maui Fire Department Chief Brad Ventura said that the fire moved almost too quickly from brush to buildings that there was no time to contact emergency management services to get a warning out. High winds from Hurricane Dora helped spread the fire and even knocked down power poles which blocked escape routes.