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UPDATE: 51 People Killed In California Wildfires; Faulty Power Lines Blamed For Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire


Nov 15, 2018

So Cal Edison and PG&E Under Scrutiny After Reports That Malfunctioning Power Lines  May Have Triggered Wildfires

 THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA (November 14, 2018) At least 51- people have died and hundreds more are listed as missing following the deadliest series of wildfires in California’s history.

The fires have affected Los Angeles, Malibu, Thousand Oaks and Paradise. As many as 9,000 homes have been destroyed and 50,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.

The cause of the Camp fire and Woolsey Fire remains ongoing at this time. But there are already signs that the utility giant So Cal Edison may have caused the fire. Southern California Edison reported a malfunction with one of its lines just minutes before the fire began.

PG&E has also come under scrutiny for the role it may have played in the Camp Fire. A radio transmission revealed that a power line belonging to PG&E  may have sparked the fire.

One business owner in Pulga said that he received an email saying that PG&E utility workers were working to fix a malfunctioning power line. Officials for PG&E said that line had been deactivated and that a different line may have been to blame.

An investigation into the source of the deadly Camp fire and Woolsey fire remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In The California Wildfires

Depending on a variety of factors companies like PG&E and So Cal Edison may be liable for the Camp Fire and Woolsey fire that have killed so many. Companies have a responsibility to maintain their power lines and to take reasonable steps to prevent wildfires. Generally speaking, power lines can cause wildfires under two different scenarios. A line may either be malfunctioning and short circuit. The resulting sparks and heat can ignite dry brush and then lead to a larger fire. A wildfire may also begin if trees and brushes around the power lines are not properly trimmed. Trees should never come into direct contact with a power line. Concerns over PG&E’s liability for the wildfires sent its stock into free fall.

PG&E has been heavily criticized for using its revenue to increase its profits as opposed to building safe infrastructure. Victims of the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire may be entitled to damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting Help From A Wrongful Death Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to all of the families that have been affected by the California wildfires. PG&E and So Cal Edison need to be investigated for the role that they may have played. They should do the right thing and put safety first. This is not the first time that this has happened. A number of fires in 2017 were linked to faulty power lines.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in the California wildfires you may have legal recourse. Our team of Highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We have the staff and resources to investigate your case and let you know what your options are. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. Joshua Caplan. Southern California Edison Reported Circuit Malfunction Minutes Before Woolsey Fire Began. November 14, 2018
  2. MATTHIAS GAFNI. Update: PG&E says email to Camp Fire victim focused on different transmission line. 2018

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