Hawaii power utility takes responsibility for first fire on Maui, but faults county firefighters

Electric crews work on power lines on Aug. 17 in the aftermath of a devastating wildfire in Lahaina, Maui. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s electric utility acknowledged its power lines started a wildfire on Maui but faulted county firefighters for declaring the blaze contained and leaving the scene, only to have a second wildfire break out nearby and become the deadliest in the U.S. in more than a century.