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UPDATE: Lois Arvickson Died In Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Fire After Garbage Truck Dumped Burning Trash Nearby On Seventh Street


Aug 28, 2019

Lois Arvickson Calimesa : Lois Arvickson Died In Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Fire After Garbage Truck Dumped Burning Trash Nearby On Seventh Street

CALIMESA, CALIFORNIA (October 24, 2019) – A 89-year-old woman identified as Lois Arvickson has tragically died in a mobile home park fire at Villa Calimesa after a garage truck dumped burning trash nearby. 

Calimesa police are saying that the fire broke out around 2:00 p.m. The driver of a dump truck unloaded burning material along the side of Seventh Street. 

Riverside County Investigators searched the mobile home park for survivors. Tragically, Lois Arvickson died in the fire and two other people remain missing. 

Thus far the  Sandalwood Fire has been 10% contained. Garbage trucks often haul dangerous combinations of flammable material .

Many resident of Villa Calimesa are saying that it was reckless to drop burning trash next to shrubbery on Seventh Street. In total, the fire destroyed 76 mobile homes and killed one other victim in addition to Lois Arvickson.

An investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Mobile Park Fires

Garbage truck drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. If a garbage truck driver failed to dispose of waste correctly and this led to a fire they may face civil liability. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident and that eye witness testimony is collected. Liability for a mobile home park fire may extend beyond the actions of a truck driver. 

Depending on the facts of any case a mobile park property developer may be liable for an accident. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” There are a number of building codes that must be adhered to including:

  • Making sure that buildings are made properly with the right material
  • Making sure that buildings are structurally sound
  • Making sure that buildings are reasonably clean and sanitary
  • Making sure that buildings are maintained with adequate exits

The family of any victim that died in a mobile park fire may have legal recourse through California Civil Code 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, property damages, lost wages, loss of love and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, waste management companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any accident. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Mobile Home Park Fire

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Lois Arvickson. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. It is our sincere hope that safety measures are put in place to prevent similar accidents in the future. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a mobile home park fire there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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. 

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