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California Fires Tied to Electric Companies

CA Fires and the Devastation they Caused – What They Knew, When They Knew It

Over the past few years, the State of California has been ravaged by fire. Nearly 9,000 wildfires were reported alone in 2017 and destroyed over 1.2 million acres of land (which is approximately the size of Delaware), more than 10,800 structures and killed at least 46 people. If you or someone you know what impacted by these devastating fires, then you may be eligible for financial compensation.

What They Knew

PG&E and Southern California Edison are responsible for providing electricity in California, but are they also responsible for the annihilation of land, homes and lives who fell victim to these fires? Consider these facts:

Butte Fire – Cal Fire confirmed on September 16, 2015 that contact between a live tree and a PG&E power line sparked the Butte Fire. This caused the death of two residents, burnt more than 110 square miles of watersheds, and destroyed 549 homes, 368 outbuildings and four commercial structures costing over $90 million in firefighting costs.

Tubbs Fire – On October 8, 2017, the Tubbs Fire started in Santa Rosa, CA and ended up obilterating 142 square miles of Sonoma County, killing at least 23 people and destroying close to 7,000 private homes. But here’s what’s shocking: before the first spark of the fire, PG&E reported 20 cases of toppled trees and downed power lines across Northern California. Cal Fire investigators have even collected as evidence damaged power poles, wires and additional pieces of faulty equipment from 8 of 10 sites where PG&E reported “electrical safety incidents” in Sonoma and Napa counties.

Thomas Fires – The Thomas Fire occurred between Dec. 4, 2017 to Jan. 12 and was the biggest blaze in state history. It was located in both Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and scorched 281,893 acres, destroyed 1,063 structures and cost a record-breaking $229 million. Many are contending that Southern California Edison (SCE) is responsible because of a construction project that they were working on near a Comcast satellite facility in Santa Paula where the fire was reported to have begun. It is believed that the construction ignited the surrounding dry brush which quickly spread to the surrounding areas.

When They Knew It

Many contend that PG&E knew ahead of time that their equipment was faulty or could be compromised by surrounding foliage since they submitted multiple reports on their field findings. Additionally, SCE is considered to be at fault for the Southern California fires since their construction work is suspected to have ignited nearby dry debris. The City of Ventura and Casitas Municipal Water District are also in question due to the lack of water pressure delivered to fire hydrants which hindered firefighters’ ability to save homes.

What Can You Do?

It is suspected that PG&E knew that their equipment was not in proper working condition and that SCE’s construction site was at the center of the Thomas Fire. If your property was damaged or destroyed by one of the above fires, then you may be able to make a claim for financial compensation. You have inevitably lost priceless memories and your important possessions, and these companies should pay for their negligence. Contact us today to see if we can help you to make a claim.

California Fire Warnings In The News

BREAKING (6/15/18): PG&E Faulty Equipment Blamed for California Fires

The end of 2017 was a difficult time for many Californians as fire ravaged thousands of homes and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Many months later, ash and rubble continue to mar hundreds of thousands of acres of land and countless people are still trying to rebuild their lives. On June 8, 2018, CAL FIRE officially announced that the 12 Northern California wildfires, which started towards the end of October 2017, were “caused by electric power and distribution lines, conductors and the failure of power poles” which puts the blame fully in the hands of the state’s largest utility company, PG&E.

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1/4/18: The Grim Scope of 2017’s California Wildfire Season Is Now Clear. The Danger’s Not Over.

 

The wildfires that raced across California in 2017 caused historic levels of death and destruction. Nearly 9,000 wildfires tore through the state, burning 1.2 million acres of land (an area the size of Delaware or the Larsen C iceberg), destroying more than 10,800 structures and killing at least 46 people.

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11/1/17: New PG&E Reports Show Equipment Problems Near Origins of Northern California Fires

State regulators released reports from PG&E this week that document at least 20 cases of toppled trees and downed power lines across Northern California the night of Oct. 8 as strong winds buffeted the region and drought-parched vegetation ignited in quick succession from Sonoma to Butte counties, resulting in a series of deadly and destructive wildfires.

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12/26/17: the Wildfires in California Just Keep Shattering Records This Year

The catastrophic wildfires of 2017 didn’t just destroy neighborhoods and livelihoods — they also annihilated records. And the destruction’s not over. The Thomas Fire, which has torched the equivalent of Dallas and Miami combined, is still raging in Southern California. Here’s a look at the records obliterated by the 2017 wildfires…

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Filed California Fires Complaints & Damages

2/28/18: Sweeney et al vs. Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E)

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