SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gomez Trial Attorneys filed one of the first Butte wildfire lawsuits in state court yesterday, helping one northern California family take a first step to rebuild. On September 9, 2015, the Butte wildfire seared across Calaveras and Amador counties, scorching 71,000 acres, 475 residences, 343 outbuildings, and 45 other structures. Over 3,800 firefighters battled the blaze for almost one month.
Yesterday’s lawsuit (case number CGC-15 548319) names Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as the responsible Defendant, whose power lines are believed to have started the fire. PG&E Vice President Barry Anderson has admitted, as published on PG&E’s website, “While we don’t have all the facts yet, a live tree may have contacted a PG&E line in the vicinity of the ignition point.” Cal Fire has not concluded its investigation, but Gomez Trial Attorneys is filing now to start the rebuilding process for its clients.
Plaintiffs Richard Tyler and Teresa Dickow lost their home and over 5 acres, including hundreds of mature trees. “We lost everything. Our house is gone and the trees are burned. We are devastated, but thankful we’re safe and alive. We’re thankful for those firefighters,” says Richard Tyler, the Redwood City resident and plaintiff.
This lawsuit marks another wildfire case filed by Gomez Trial Attorneys, which currently represents over 110 plaintiffs in federal court for the 2013 Chariot Fire. “Our first job is to listen. We work one-on-one with each client to ensure we understand what they lost. In wildfire cases, it can be everything. Then we help them rebuild. We’re here to help our clients restore their lives,” says Gomez wildfire attorney, Ahmed Diab.
While many more lawsuits will follow, this marks one of the first lawsuits filed on behalf of the Butte victims. Wildfire attorneys John Fiske or Ahmed Diab can be contacted anytime regarding the Butte Fire at 619-237-3490 or Fiske@gomeztrialattorneys.com and ADiab@gomeztrialattorneys.com.