911 calls from deadly Lahaina Fire reveal terror and panic in rush to escape

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press File

A general view shows the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawai‘i, on Aug. 21, 2023.

LAHAINA, Hawai‘i — Trapped in their cars, in homes or on the beach as flames, black smoke and embers swirled around them, people in the historic Maui town of Lahaina called 911, the one number that might send help or tell them what to do, where to go.