Fact Check: House that survived Maui wildfires not owned by celebrities
A photo of a red-roofed house that was spared in the Hawaii wildfires in August has been miscaptioned online as evidence that celebrities intentionally changed their roofs prior to the fires to avoid destruction.
The claim ties into an online conspiracy theory that the fires were intentionally started using “Directed Energy Weapons” (DEW) such as lasers, and that these attacks don’t burn objects of a specific color. Online posts then claimed that celebrities had painted their Hawaii properties blue to spare them from damage, as laid out by PolitiFact.
The wildfires started on Aug. 8 on the Hawaiian island of Maui, leaving the historic resort town of Lahaina in ruins. Following the fires, multiple news outlets reported on the survival of a “miracle house,” owned by a Hawaii resident.
A post on social media said, in part: “OPRAH & MULTIPLE OTHER CELEBRITIES UPGRADED THEIR ROOFS ONLY MONTHS BEFORE THE MAUI FIRES.” The accompanying photo shows a white house with a red roof seemingly unscathed while surrounding houses were burned to the ground by the Maui blaze.
The aerial photo of the red-roofed house can be seen on Getty Images credited to AFP and described as showing the aftermath of the Maui wildfires in Lahaina on Aug. 10.
Another camera angle of the house is visible in an Aug. 19 article published by local news outlet Honolulu Civil Beat, which reported on the home located at 271 Front Street in Lahaina and owned by Trip and Dora Millikin.
Millikin and his wife Dora bought the house in 2021, according to the news reports. They completed a restoration project on the house in 2022, which included replacing five layers of asphalt on the roof with metal, removing all vegetation at the ground level and adding a stone buffer, the NPR article said.
When asked what he thought had spared their house, Trip told NPR he thought it was these changes and good fortune that helped spare his property.
A photo of the Millikins’ house prior to the restoration can be seen on Google Maps.
“Everybody’s calling it ‘the miracle house’,” Trip was quoted as saying to NPR. “As soon as we can, we want to open it to our neighborhood and open it to everybody who worked on it, as a base to help rebuild our part of Lahaina.”
Trip Millikin did not immediately respond to a request for comment via LinkedIn.
Miscaptioned. The photo shows a surviving house from the Maui wildfires owned by a Hawaii resident.
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The Traitors Season 2 Returning to Peacock with 21 All-Star Celebrities – Meet the Cast
Once again hosted by Alan Cumming — and his ever-impressive wardrobe packed to the brim with stylish tartan and kilts — the Scotsman will be joined in Season 2 by his dog Lala, who is being introduced as his trusty sidekick. The only thing that could make Cumming and his freaking dog more exciting? A list of celebrities so long, we can’t help but wonder how they’re all going to fit in Cumming’s castle!
Set in a remote castle deep in the Scottish Highlands, five-time Emmy-nominated host Cumming will welcome these 21 larger-than-life personalities as they come together to compete in a series of challenges with the objective of earning a cash prize of up to $250,000.
The catch? Several contestants (dubbed “the Traitors”) will devise a plan to steal the prize from the other contestants (“the Faithful”) without revealing who’s stabbing them in the back.
And unlike Season 1, which saw reality television icons go up against everyday people getting their first taste of onscreen fame, Season 2 is all celebrities all the time. Let’s meet our contestants:
Who’s competing on The Traitors Season 2?
- Carsten “Bergie” Bergersen (Love Island USA)
- Chris ‘C.T.’ Tamburello (The Challenge)
- Dan Gheesling (Big Brother)
- Deontay Wilder (Boxer)
- Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu (Love Island UK)
- Janelle Pierzina (Big Brother)
- Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio (The Challenge)
- John Bercow (UK Parliament)
- Kevin Kreider (Bling Empire)
- Larsa Pippen (The Real Housewives of Miami)
- Marcus Jordan (Basketball Player)
- Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Dancing with the Stars)
- Mercedes “MJ” Javid (Shahs of Sunset)
- Parvati Shallow (Survivor)
- Peppermint (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
- Peter Weber (The Bachelor)
- Phaedra Parks (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
- Sandra Diaz-Twine (Survivor)
- Shereé Whitfield (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
- Tamra Judge (The Real Housewives of Orange County)
- Trishelle Cannatella (Real World: Las Vegas)
When does The Traitors Season 2 premiere?
Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on when fans can expect to dive into another season of murder and mayhem in the Scottish highlands.
How many episodes are in The Traitors Season 2?
The Traitors Season 2 will consist of 11, nail-biting, 60-minute episodes and one reunion special.
And if the Season 2 reunion special is anything like Season 1, there will be plenty of tears and dramatic moments.
Who competed on The Traitors Season 1?
Season 1 featured an all-star cast of reality television icons including Arie Luyendyk Jr. (Bachelor/Bachelorette), Brandi Glanville (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Cirie Fields (Survivor), Cody Calafiore (Big Brother), Kate Chastain (Below Deck), Kyle Cooke (Summer House), Rachel Reilly (Big Brother), Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset), Ryan Lochte (Olympian), and Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick (Survivor).
Additional contestants included Christian De La Torre (Veteran & Van Life Influencer), Michael Davidson (DMV Office Manager), Andie Thurmond (Director of Music Services), Quentin Jiles (Political Analyst), Shelbe Rodriguez (Public Affairs Manager), Geraldine Moreno (Actor), Robert “Bam” Nieves (Tech Sales Executive), Anjelica Conti (Hair Stylist), Azra Valani (Yoga Instructor), and Amanda Clark (Emergency Room Nurse).
Who won The Traitors Season 1?
Cirie Fields, who cut her teeth charming and manipulating her fellow contestants on Survivor, won The Traitors Season 1 by using her greatest asset: patience.
You can catch up on The Traitors Season 1 before the Season 2 premiere exclusively on Peacock.
The touching reasons why celebrities are playing Neath charity football match
A host of well-known rugby players, footballers, boxers and reality TV stars are among the laundry list of celebrities heading to Neath next month to take part in a charity football match. Organised by Swansea resident Dan Richards and Love Island’s Jake Cornish, the aptly-named ‘Celebrity Football Match’ will take place on October 1 and will see more than 30 celebs dust off their football boots and take to the field at The Gnoll sports ground in Neath.
The event aims to raise awareness and funds for the Swansea Veterans Hub, a community interest company which supports local veterans with their mental health and wellbeing. It is the third celebrity football match Dan has organised, coming after a brilliant event in 2019 in memory of Swansea City fan and dad-of-one Mitchell Powell, who sadly died after he went into cardiac arrest while undergoing double heart valve replacement surgery, and a popular ‘Sellebrity Soccer’ game in memory of Call Centre star Nev Wilshire last May.
“In 2020, in lockdown, I started doing runs for charity. I’d share my progress on social media and raised money for the British Heart Foundation,” ,” Dan explained. “Jake Woods, the actor from EastEnders, found out about it and he and Danny Dyer actually phoned me – it was so funny because when they rung me I thought it was the boys [my friends] just pranking me, but it was actually Jake and Danny. They said they wanted to get involved and we came up with the idea of a charity football match. The first one in 2019 was in memory of Mitchell Powell, then I organised another one last year.” For the latest Neath Port Talbot news, sign up to our newsletter here
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At the time of the event in memory of Mitchell Powell, Dan said: “I play football in the local leagues in Swansea and Mitchell was heavily involved with Maltsters Sports AFC. I wasn’t friends with him, but I played against his team and often saw him stood on the side-lines. Over the last couple of months, we’ve done lots of charity events for Mitchell’s family. I’m running the London and Florida marathons to help raise money in his memory but I also thought I would like to organise a charity football match.
“I got in touch with Sellebrity Soccer who have helped us and they said a number of celebrities would be keen to be involved because they have connections to heart charities. Mitchell raised so much money for the British Heart Foundation and other charities. It was remarkable what he did and he always kept a smile on his face even with all he went through. I always believe in giving back and I knew we had to keep Mitchell’s legacy going. Hopefully it will live on and he can continue to help people even though he’s no longer here.”
This year’s event is being held in aid of Swansea Veterans Hub as Dan and business partner Jake Cornish wanted to support a local charity which helps veterans with their mental health. “My father used to be in the army and he came back here when I was 12 or 13 – I just saw how much being in the army affected him and his mental health,” Dan said.
“And one of my best mates did two tours in Afghan and Iraq and he just wasn’t the same person when he came home.. He’s okay now, because of the support he’s had, but he just wasn’t the same when he came home – he’d obviously seen some stuff and some of it he couldn’t even tell us about. So I chose this charity as they support veterans with their mental health and I could see how important that support is.”
Explaining how he’s managed to get so many great names to sign up to the event (scroll down for the full list), Dan added: “This year I’ve started a company with Jake Cornish from Love Island and so when we were first talking about having another celebrity football match, he was able to use his contacts to invite the celebrities to come. A lot of the celebrities coming do a lot to support veterans’ charities so when we told them that this was to raise money for a charity supporting veterans they were really happy to get involved.”
“Gerwyn Price, the darts player, used to play rugby for Neath so we’ve got him as one of our team captains, and the other team captain will be rugby player James Hook. The other celebrities will make up the teams,” he added.
Who’s playing in the Celebrity Football Match in Neath?
- Gerwyn Price – Darts player and former rugby player
- James Hook – Rugby player
Paul James – Rugby player
Josh Navidi – Rugby player
Tom Williams – Rugby player
Luke and Tom Stoltman – ‘The World’s strongest brothers’ weightlifters
James Lilley – MMA fighter
Ebanie Bridges – Boxer
Martin Murray – Boxer
Leon Britton – Footballer and coach
- Lee Trundle – Footballer
- Liv Cooke – Footballer
- Jazz Richards – Footballer
- Scott Murray – Footballer
Wayne Routledge – Footballer
Lewis Leigh – Footballer
- Danny Graham – Footballer
- James Jones – Footballer
- Shaun MacDonald – Footballer
- Joe Skipper – Triathlete
- Brett Johns – Mixed martial artist
- Matthew Pritchard – Skateboarder and stunt performer
- Kym Marsh – Singer and Actress (Hear’Say, Coronation Street, Waterloo Road)
Travis George – Singer and Britain’s Got Talent finalist
Andrew ‘Biggie’ Morris – Viral video creator turned musician
Nicola McLean – Model and Television personality (Celebrity Big Brother, I’m A Celeb)
- Jake Cornish – Reality TV star (Love Island 2021)
- Danny Bibby – Reality TV star (Love Island 2021)
- Tyler Cruikshank – Reality TV star (Love Island 2021)
Callum MacLeod – Reality TV star (Love Island 2019)
Joe and Nicole Sealey – Reality TV stars (The Real Housewives of Cheshire)
Further names to be added in the coming weeks
OTB Promotions ‘Celebrity Football Match’ is taking place at The Lextan Gnoll, Neath Rugby Club SA11 3AW on October 1, 2023. Doors open at 12pm, with kick-off at 3pm. Anyone who is interested in sponsoring a player and having their business advertised on the matchday kit is invited to contact organisers OTB Promotions.
Tickets for the football match can be purchased online from DerricksMusic.co.uk here. General admission is £10 per person, or you can pay £35 for a VIP ticket featuring a ‘meet and greet’.
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