Initial reports indicate negligence on behalf of Southern California Edison may be responsible for tragic blaze
LOS ANGELES, December 18, 2017 – Today, nationally recognized attorneys from Baron & Budd; Singleton Law Firm; Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP; Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP; and Terry Singleton, Esq., collectively known as the California Fire Lawyers, announced that the team is actively investigating the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County, and the Rye Fire in Los Angeles County.
The Thomas Fire began on Dec. 4th has burned more than 270,000 acres. According to CNN, the fire is on course to become the largest wildfire in modern California history. The fires have destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 structures and have claimed the life of at least one California resident. The Thomas Fire continues to burn and is reported to be 45 percent contained as of Dec. 18.
“Southern California is where I call home and where I am raising my family. As with many disastrous events, there is a certain degree of disbelief related to the severity of the situation. These fires raged and tore through communities overnight. The recovery process for something like this is far-reaching, and still, the fires continue to take a physical and emotional toll on our families, friends, neighbors and citizens,” said Baron & Budd Attorney John Fiske. “I am thankful that I work with a team that is deeply experienced assessing and investigating wildfires. We have the resources to fight big corporations and hold them accountable for the environmental devastation they may have caused. The California Fire Lawyers are committed to making this right for our communities across the state. Much has been lost, but we hope our efforts will help people start rebuilding their lives.”
Southern California Edison (SCE) issued a press release last week, noting that investigations by CAL FIRE, other fire agencies and the California Public Utilities Commission indicate that SCE facilities may have played a role in the wildfires. In 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission fined SCE $37 million for its role in causing the 2007 Malibu fire.
The Southern California wildfires are the latest in a series of blazes across the state. Earlier this year, fires burned more than 200,000 acres in Northern California including Tubbs, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Butte Counties. California Fire Lawyers currently represent more than 500 plaintiffs in a suit against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), which alleges the fires began when electrical infrastructure owned, operated, and maintained by PG&E came into contact with vegetation inspected and maintained by PG&E.
The California Fire Lawyers are now investigating the cause of the devastating wildfires in Southern California. If you were impacted by these fires and wish to discuss your legal options, please call us at (805) 491-9947. Additional information can be found online at www.CaliforniaFireLawyers.com.