In a bid to resonate with Maui wildfire survivors on Monday, President Biden recalled an incident from 2004 when a minor kitchen fire broke out at his Wilmington, Delaware residence. Trying to build a bond with the Lahaina community, which recently faced devastating wildfires causing significant loss, Biden said, “I don’t want to compare difficulties, but we have a little sense — Jill and I — what it’s like to lose a home”

Biden went on:

“Years ago now — 15 years ago — I was in Washington doing ‘Meet the Press.’ It was a sunny Sunday and lightning struck at home on a little lake that is outside of our home — not on a lake, a big pond,”

“And it hit a wire and came up underneath our home into the heating ducts, air conditioning ducts. And to make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ’67 Corvette and my cat.”

He emotionally recounted how firefighters rushed to his house, emphasizing, “ they ran into flames to save my wife and save my family. Not a joke.”

Yet, the authenticity of Biden’s story has previously faced scrutiny. Records from the time depict the fire as minor, with the local fire chief, George Lamborn, stating that the situation was under control within 20 minutes. Additionally, the Associated Press had reported that it was confined to the kitchen area and that it was Jill Biden who alerted emergency services.

Earlier that day, some protestors demonstrated against Biden’s prior silence on the recent wildfires, urging him to acknowledge the grave situation.

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