Hannah Labelle Calimesa: Hannah Labelle Died In Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park Sandalwood Fire
CALIMESA, CALIFORNIA (November 1, 2019) – A 61-year-old woman identified as Hannah Labelle has tragically died after a fire broke out at the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park.
Investigators are saying that the mobile home park fire began when a garbage truck dumped a pile of burning trash nearby along the street. Neighbors complained about the garbage truck company dumping burning trash before the accident.
Hannah Labelle tried to protect her home with a garden hose. One neighbor saw the victim go into her mobile home, but she never came out. She was later pronounced dead as a result of the fire.
One other woman died in the accident and a total of 76 mobile homes were destroyed.
An investigation into the mobile home park fire that killed Hannah Labelle remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Mobile Home Fires
Companies have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. If a garbage truck driver dumps a burning load of trash and causes a fire the company that they work for may face civil liability. Generally speaking, companies are responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. Many garbage truck drivers have been trained to find a place to dump burning trash, but that practice is being reexamined following the Sandalwood Fire.
The family of any person that died in a mobile home park fire may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and loss of love. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with a civil claim, so it is important to act quickly.
Investigating A Mobile Home Park Fire
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Hannah Labelle. Any person that may have more information about this accident should reach out to investigators. It is wrong that these garbage truck companies are dumping burning trash in our communities. Cities and state legislatures need to come together to ban this practice.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a mobile home park fire you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.