On November 8, 2018, a massive wildfire, known as the Woolsey Fire, engulfed Los Angeles and Ventura County and was exacerbated by California’s drought-like conditions. Over the past couple of weeks, it has burned close to 100,000 acres of land and has destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. At a moment’s notice, Woolsey Fire victims were forced to abandon their homes and many did not know what to expect when they returned. In addition to homes, the fire has taken historic landmarks and film sets in the area. It also prompted the closure of the U.S. Route 101 Freeway, which caused residents trying to evacuate to be stranded with no other way to escape.
The Woolsey Fire was not an act of God; it was an avoidable man-made event. In the days leading up to it, the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning in fear for fire-prone conditions. In spite of the signs and warnings, Southern California Edison failed to turn off power to areas with Red Flag warnings and gambled with the chance of sparking a wildfire. SCE blatantly disregarded public safety by failing to control the vegetation growth near its power lines, ignoring the weather warnings, and not maintaining its electrical equipment in a safe manner.
In addition to the widespread devastation, the flames spread to the site of a nuclear reactor meltdown in the Santa Susana Complex which may spread radiological and chemical contamination, causing extensive damage and potential health issues.
Four days after the fire began, SCE provided a preliminary report to the California state regulator that revealed it indeed had had an issue on an electrical substation circuit unit shortly before the Woolsey Fire was reported.
This is the first lawsuit to be filed against SCE for its role in the fire, and the Plaintiffs are seeking economic and non-economic damages inflicted upon homeowners, renters, and businesses. Hundreds of people have lost everything in the historically catastrophic Woolsey Fire and it is our mission to help restore the balance in their lives.
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