The red Lahaina house that survived Maui fires
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A picture of a red-roofed home that appears virtually unscathed after the Maui fires has gone viral.

As much of Lahaina has been destroyed, only the 100-year-old wood house on Front Street remains.

Its owners are left wondering why it was spared.

Trip Millikin told Honolulu Civil Beat that it appears to have been photoshopped in.

It has been confirmed that 114 deaths have occurred in Maui in the wake of the recent hurricane.

850 people are missing, but more than 1,200 people who were on the list have been found safe.

The fires destroyed most of the historic Maui town of Lahaina, and they are now considered Hawaii’s worst natural disaster.

On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden visited Hawaii to see the devastation.

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Fire news reached the red-roofed home’s owners while they were on vacation in Massachusetts.

Millikin and his wife learned that the entire neighborhood was in flames and would likely burn down. Aerial footage showed their house was intact the next morning.

He told Honolulu Civil Beat, “We started crying.”. We still feel guilty.

Millikin and his wife aren’t sure exactly what saved their home. A century-old property that used to be a bookkeeper’s house for sugar plantation employees was purchased by the couple two years ago.

It was in disrepair, so Mr Millikin and his wife decided to restore it. US media reported that these renovations may have saved the home.

The home’s asphalt roof was replaced with heavy-gauge metal, and river stones were used to surround the house. All of these actions were not intended to put out a fire, they said.

‘It’s a 100% wood house, so we didn’t fireproof it,’ Dora Atwater Millikin told the Los Angeles Times.

As the fires blazed, large pieces of wood would hit people’s roofs. “If the roof was asphalt, it would catch fire. Otherwise, they would fall off and ignite the foliage around the house,” she explained.

Additionally, the home’s distance from its neighbors may have served as a buffer.

After returning to Lahaina when it is safe, the couple plans to offer up their home to those who have lost theirs.

Ms Atwater Millikin said that many people had died. There are so many people who have lost everything, and we need to look out for each other and rebuild. Everybody must pitch in.”