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Maui County on Thursday night released the names of almost 400 people who remain officially unaccounted for, two weeks after devastating wildfires swept through the island.
As of late Thursday, another 1,732 individuals who had originally been reported as unaccounted for had since been found safe and well, county officials said.
Maui County on Thursday sued Hawaiian Electric Co., alleging its failure to shut off power despite repeated warnings of the potential for devastating fires ignited the wind-swept flames that destroyed Lahaina this month.
The county is seeking damages and “just compensation” against Hawaiian Electric and three related companies, accusing them of negligence, according to the suit filed in the state’s Second Circuit Court.
The utility faces at least 11 other lawsuits in relation to the fires, some of them from Lahaina residents, as well as one from investors who accused it of fraud in a federal lawsuit alleging it failed to disclose that its wildfire prevention and safety measures were substandard.