A San Diego woman describes her escape of the deadly Maui fires after abruptly being woken up by strong winds. 

Jeanne Stabile, 72, lost all her belongings including the ashes of her children in the fires. She was forced into survivor mode when she heard the crackling of fire right outside her kitchen window. The apartment right across from Ms. Stabile was fully engulfed in flames. 

firefighter walks through large grassy areas engulfed in flames.

In a report by Fox 5, Ms. Stabile described her escape into the ocean to seek refuge. Having grabbed only her slippers, she witnessed her complex go up in flames. A police officer assisted Ms. Stabile reach an evacuation center, but she was forced to once again evacuate as the fire approached. 

She and other evacuees were moved to a hotel on a hill where they watched Maui ultimately burn. Maui had been Stabile’s home for 20 years. Ms. Stabile was able to book a flight to San Diego where her son resides after briefly seeking solace with a friend for a few days. 

Ms. Stabile describes the events that took place as “very fresh” in her mind and that “will never go away”. She shared her thoughts on being grateful to have escaped but also shared her disappointment in how out of control the fire managed to get. She also received no warning or knock on her door about the fast-approaching fire. 

“Not only did Ms. Stabile lose everything in this horrific fire, but she was also ill-prepared to have any sort of an evacuation plan due to the lack of fire readiness or announcements by nearby officials,” said Gerald Singleton leading fire litigation attorney at Singleton Schreiber. “No one in Ms. Stable’s position should have to find out about these fires, with the blaze right outside their door.”  

Anyone impacted by the fire can contact Singleton Schreiber to get assistance on how to reclaim government documents, file legal claims and get help on next steps by calling 808-582-8062 or by emailing

Catastrophic Toll of Lahaina Fire 

In recent times, the world has witnessed a series of natural disasters that have left indelible scars on communities and landscapes. One such catastrophe was the Lahaina Fire, a fire that consumed vast stretches of land, homes, and memories. The toll of this catastrophe serves as a stark reminder of the immense power and unpredictability of nature’s fury.

The Lahaina Fire, fueled by strong winds, dry conditions, and a perfect storm of environmental factors, the fire quickly evolved into a blazing monster. It devoured forests, ravaged homes, and swallowed acres of cherished landscapes.

The speed at which the fire spread left little time for residents to react. The blaze consumed neighborhoods with a voracity that defied containment efforts, resulting in heartbreaking losses. In a matter of hours, the town underwent a transformation that no one could have foreseen.

The catastrophe’s most profound toll was on the lives of the town’s inhabitants. Families were displaced, livelihoods were obliterated, and a sense of security crumbled in the face of the advancing flames. The Lahaina Fire left a trail of human suffering in its wake, with tales of narrow escapes, lost possessions, and the heart-wrenching search for missing loved ones.

First responders, firefighters, and emergency personnel displayed incredible bravery as they battled the inferno. Their efforts to save lives and properties were nothing short of heroic, often carried out under dangerous conditions and with limited resources. The fire united the community in ways previously unimaginable, revealing the strength and resilience that can emerge in the face of adversity.

Beyond the immediate human toll, the Lahaina Fire exacted a devastating toll on the environment. Acres of pristine forest were reduced to ashes, disrupting ecosystems and endangering wildlife habitats. The ecological balance that had evolved over decades was disrupted, leaving a scar that would take years, if not decades, to heal.

The smoke and particulate matter released by the fire also had far-reaching consequences, impacting air quality and potentially exacerbating respiratory problems for residents and responders alike. The long-term environmental repercussions of the Lahaina Fire served as a somber reminder of the interconnectedness between human activities and the delicate ecosystems that sustain life on Earth.

The catastrophe prompted a broader conversation about disaster preparedness, land-use policies, and the need for effective firefighting and emergency response strategies. Communities worldwide reflected on the lessons learned from the Lahaina Fire, striving to better equip themselves to face the uncertain challenges that climate change and natural disasters pose.

The catastrophic toll of the Lahaina Fire serves as a stark reminder that our world is shaped by both its beauty and its unpredictability. As we grapple with the aftermath of this calamity, we must recognize the importance of community, preparedness, and the global effort required to mitigate and adapt to the changing face of our planet. The Lahaina Fire stands as a testament to human resilience in the face of nature’s unforgiving forces and a call to action for a more sustainable and disaster-ready future.

“The fires in Lahaina left many residents grappling for any sort of refuge while their homes caught fire,” added Mr. Singleton. “Community members witnessed their lifelong homes go up in flames right in front of them and all they could do was try to evacuate after seeking shelter from harm’s way in the nearby ocean. My thoughts go out to everyone affected by this fire.”

Anyone impacted by the fire can contact Singleton Schreiber to get assistance on how to reclaim government documents, file legal claims and get help on next steps by calling 808-582-8062 or by emailing

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