The number of people missing after the Lahaina fire in Maui has dropped to 66.
According to CBS News, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green announced the updated number of missing persons in a statement on Friday.
“As of today, there have been a total of 115 fatalities,” Green said at a press conference Friday, according to The Hill. “Our hearts have broken 115 times. The FBI has reported that 66 of our people are potentially still unaccounted for, based on calls and emails they’ve received.”
The fire also displaced 7,500 people. According to NBC News, the state has been working to relocate those people to shelters and 29 different hotels since August 16.
Officials still have not determined the cause of the fire. However, they are investigating Hawaiian Electric, the state’s main power company, CBS News reports. Maui County has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming it failed to shut the power off despite dry conditions and high winds.
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