Mick Fleetwood, the iconic drummer of the legendary band Fleetwood Mac, is grappling with immense personal loss following the devastating wildfires that swept through Lahaina, Hawai'i. His beloved establishment, "Fleetwood’s on Front St," which stood as a testament to his deep connection to the island, has been consumed by the flames.
On Wednesday, a somber Fleetwood took to his verified Instagram account to share a poignant photograph of his restaurant’s charred sign. In his post, he reflected on how Lahaina and Maui have been sanctuaries for him, serving as his home "for several decades." The renowned musician expressed, “This is a heart-wrenching time for Maui.
So many are facing losses that are beyond comprehension. Fleetwood's on Front Street is no more. And while its loss shatters us, our prime concern remains the safety and well-being of our cherished staff and team members”.
Fleetwood Pledges Resilient Support
Fleetwood, displaying an unwavering spirit of community, further extended his thoughts, “From the depths of my heart and on behalf of my family, we send our prayers and thoughts to the resilient people of Maui.
We pledge our unyielding support in the coming days, months, and years as the community strives to rebuild”. The scale of the devastation, as described by officials, paints a bleak picture. They believe hundreds of structures have either been razed or damaged by the uncontrollable fires.
Lahaina's “older neighborhood,” once a bustling economic center attracting millions of tourists annually, now stands in ruins. Maui County Mayor Richard T. Bissen Jr. lamented, “It’s all gone”. Further exacerbating the situation, power and cellular services in western Maui remain disrupted.
This has left officials in the dark about the exact number of missing individuals who might have been trapped or were attempting to flee. The governor's recent statement highlights the severity of the situation. By Friday, the wildfires had claimed 55 lives, marking it as potentially the most catastrophic natural disaster Hawai'i has ever witnessed.
Gov. Josh Green remarked at a recent press conference, “The toll continues to rise. Alongside the tragic loss of life, we've lost countless homes. Recovery will be a prolonged and challenging journey."