UPDATE: Southern California Edison acknowledged in October 2019 that its equipment “likely” ignited the Woolsey Fire.
Latest Developments As Of December 10, 2018
More than 1,675 structures confirmed destroyed.
Thousands of people and businesses displaced.
The case against Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison (SCE) is a massive utility company that supplies electricity to Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego counties.
SCE installs, constructs, builds, maintains and operates overhead power lines including utility poles and transformers. They are in the business of conducting and delivering electricity to the public.
What are SCE’s duties to the public?
As a state licensed utility company, SCE has the following obligations and duties:
1. To properly construct, inspect, maintain, repair, manage and operate its power lines, utility poles and all equipment;
2. To keep vegetation and trees properly trimmed at a safe distance from its high transmission lines and power lines and equipment to prevent contact between trees and vegetation and power lines and electrical equipment which can cause fire;
3. To maintain fire breaks around equipment.
In the Woolsey fire, we believe that the electrical transmission lines either dropped or there was a power outage or a high voltage blowup overload all at the origin location of the fire.
Our law firm has tremendous experience handling fire losses against utility companies in complex mass actions. We anticipate we will have over 100 homeowners and renters from the Woolsey fire. We plan on filing a lawsuit for damages, injuries and/or economic losses suffered as a result of the Woolsey / Malibu fire.
Losses that we intend to recover include:
a. Home and Content Losses including personal property;
b. Emotional distress damages
c. Business losses;
d. Underinsured and uninsured losses and all other losses to the structure, other outer structures, personal property;
e. Landscape and trees.
Since November began, two fires have ravaged California. In the southern part of the state, residents are dealing with the Woolsey Fire. The fire started on November 8 near E Street and Alfa Road in Ventura County. Coincidentally, Southern California Edison was informed that a circuit had relayed at a substation in that area just two minutes before the fire started.
While the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, signs point to negligence on behalf of Southern California Edison. While the utility company warned customers that high winds could lead to power outages, they never made good on their promise to turn off power for safety reasons. By the time the Woolsey Fire started, it was too late.
If you or a loved one was injured or sustained property loss or damages due to the Woolsey Fire, contact the experienced Fire Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen now for a free legal consultation. We can advise you of your legal options and next steps for pursuing a claim for compensation.
Contact us now for a free case evaluation by calling 310-826-8082, using the live chat or completing the form on this page.
What Caused the Woolsey Fire?
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and CalFire are currently investigating the causes of the Woolsey Fire and other California fires. They have not made final determinations as of yet, but there is evidence that Southern California Edison may be at least partly to blame. Electric safety reports were filed due to problems with transmission lines near the Woolsey Fire as well as the Hill Fire in nearby Ventura County. Santa Ana winds caused the fire to quickly spread.
If the Woolsey Fire was in fact caused by power line equipment failure, Southern California Edison would be liable for any damages, under California’s inverse condemnation law.Inverse condemnation refers to the government taking over a person’s property without paying for it, forcing the owner to sue for compensation. This means utilities have a large exposure to wildfire liability. The costs of liability are astronomical, with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) concerned about the potential of bankruptcy.
Woolsey Fire Map: Impacted Areas & Neighborhoods
The Woolsey Fire started just south of Simi Valley and has spread through Ventura County and Los Angeles County. It has affected numerous cities and neighborhoods such as Malibu, Malibu Lake, Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, West Hills, Monte Nido, Westlake Village, Calabasas, Hidden Valley, Agoura Hills, Saratoga Hills, Paramount Ranch and Cornell. The fire was also close to Pepperdine University at one point and spreads east almost to Pacific Palisades. In the northernmost point, it hits Bell Canyon.
Point Mugu State Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Zuma Beach and Topanga State Park have also been impacted by the fire, as well as various beaches. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was forced to close indefinitely.
Highway 101 is closed in numerous places, particularly in the Los Angeles, Glendale and Beverly Hills areas. It is also closed further west in Thousand oaks and Oak Park. Highway 1 – the Pacific Coast Highway –is closed along the coastline, near Malibu. It is also closed at La Jolla Beach, Deer Creek Road and Sycamore Cove. Other road closures include Highway 110 and Highway 10. Westlake Boulevard is closed at Potrero Road, Carlisle Road and Big Sycamore Canyon Road.
The Fire Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen have experience pursuing claims on behalf of homeowners, business owners and renters who suffered losses/damages or who were injured as a result of the Woolsey Fire. We and our legal teams are currently representing over 100 victims of the 2017 Wine Country Fires, 2018 Camp Fire and 2018 Woolsey Fire.
Contact us now for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call us at 310-826-8082, use the live chat or complete the form on this page.
Woolsey Fire Statistics
The Woolsey Fire began on November 8 at 2:24 p.m. As of November 17, the fire has burned 98,362 acres. It is 82 percent contained. More than 1,000 structures have been affected, with 836 destroyed and another 242 damaged. More than 295,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. The fire burned 177 homes. Many celebrities have lost homes in the fire, including Miley Cyrus, Kim Basinger, Robin Thicke, Gerard Butler, Neil Young and Shannen Doherty.
Three firefighters and two civilians have been injured by the blaze. Three people have been killed.The Woolsey Fire has required the assistance of 2,842 fire personnel, as well as 360 fire engines.
Many emergency crews and police officers rescued animals from evacuated and burnt homes. They were brought to various vets and shelters in the area. Large animals were taken to Zuma Beach and cared for there. Many llamas, alpacas and horses have been rescued. The majority of animals rescued have been horses. One facility in Agoura Hills had to be evacuated and almost 100 animals had to be placed in other shelters around the city.
How To Make A Claim For Woolsey Fire Losses, Damages & Injuries
If you or a loved one have been affected by the Woolsey Fire, it’s important that you seek legal help. Southern California Edison could be held liable for your damages due to its negligence. The CPUC is currently investigating the cause of the fire and Southern California Edison is planning to fully cooperate with any investigations into the Woolsey fire.
The experienced personal injury lawyers are Nadrich & Cohen are representing fire victims who sustained injuries and/or property damage or loss. if you lost your home or other possessions in the Woolsey Fire, you may be able to file a claim. We will attempt to hold Southern California Edison liable for their negligence.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen today for a free case evaluation by calling 310-826-8082, using the live chat or completing the form on this page.