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Floyd Mayweather pays for 70 families to flee Maui as wildfires devastate the Hawaiian island – forking out on flights, hotels, clothes and food for victims

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Floyd Mayweather pays for 70 families to flee Maui as wildfires devastate the Hawaiian island – forking out on flights, hotels, clothes and food for victims

  • Mayweather has helped families impacted by the disaster evacuate the island
  • At least 55 people have been killed after brushfires broke out in Maui on Tuesday
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Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has forked out on flights, hotels, food and clothes for almost 70 families to flee Maui after wildfires ripped through the Hawaiian island this week.

Maui has been left in ruins after brushfires fueled by high winds from a nearby hurricane broke out on Tuesday and rapidly engulfed the seaside town of Lahaina.

Flames moved so quickly that many were caught off-guard, trapped in the streets or forced to jump into the ocean in a desperate bid to escape, with authorities confirming at least 55 people have been killed.

And according to TMZ Sports, Mayweather is doing his bit to help the people of Maui evacuate the island and head to safety.

The former five-weight world champion has paid for 68 families impacted by the disaster to flee to Honolulu – the Hawaiian capital situated 104 miles away.

Floyd Mayweather has paid for almost 70 families to flee Maui after wildfires devastated the Hawaiian island this week

Floyd Mayweather has paid for almost 70 families to flee Maui after wildfires devastated the Hawaiian island this week

Brushfires fueled by high winds from a nearby hurricane broke out in Maui on Tuesday, killing at least 55 people

Brushfires fueled by high winds from a nearby hurricane broke out in Maui on Tuesday, killing at least 55 people

The Hawaiian island has been left in ruins after flames rapidly engulfed the town of Lahaina

The Hawaiian island has been left in ruins after flames rapidly engulfed the town of Lahaina

He is said to have put the families up in hotels for several weeks, while also supplying them with food from local restaurants and clothes to wear.

It is believed Mayweather is currently working with H&M to provide the victims with clothing while they’re away from their homes in Maui.

Like Mayweather, Oprah Winfrey, who owns property in Maui, has been on hand to help residents affected by the terrifying wildfires.

The famous talk show host was seen handing out supplies to survivors at a rescue center, donating pillows, nappies and shampoo bottles to people sheltering at the War Memorial Stadium after asking them what they needed.

Winfrey, 69, has been living on Maui part-time for more than 15 years and owns more than 2,000 acres on the island with three different properties on the island.

‘It’s overwhelming,’ she said. ‘But I’m really pleased to have so many people supporting… bringing what they can and doing what they can.

‘I came earlier just to see what people needed then went shopping because often, you know, you make donations of clothes or whatever and it’s not really what people need. So I actually went to Walmart and Costco and got pillows, shampoo, diapers, sheets, pillowcases.’

Mayweather is said to have helped 68 families fly to safety while also providing them with a place to stay, food to eat, and clothing to wear

Mayweather is said to have helped 68 families fly to safety while also providing them with a place to stay, food to eat, and clothing to wear

Like Mayweather, Oprah Winfrey, who owns property in Maui, has been on hand to help residents by handing out supplies at a local rescue center

Like Mayweather, Oprah Winfrey, who owns property in Maui, has been on hand to help residents by handing out supplies at a local rescue center 

Residents who escaped the wildfires are now asking why Hawaii’s emergency sirens did not alert them as the flames raced toward their homes.

Emergency management records show no indication that the warning system was triggered before a devastating wildfire wiped out the historic town of Lahaina, officials confirmed.

Hawaii boasts what the state describes as the largest single outdoor all-hazard public safety warning system in the world, with about 400 sirens positioned across the island chain.

But many of Lahaina’s survivors said they did not hear any sirens and only realised they were in danger when they saw flames or heard explosions nearby.