More than 70,000 Acres, Nearly 500 Homes Destroyed
San Francisco (Oct. 7, 2015) – The Butte Wildfire caused catastrophic damage in Amador and Calaveras counties, causing three deaths, destroying more than 70,000 acres and more than 950 structures, including 475 homes. The national law firm of Baron & Budd is investigating claims against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) after allegations the company contributed to the damage by failing to clear vegetation. According to a report that appeared on the website of KCRA-TV, a tree may have come in contact with a PG&E power line, sparking the blaze.
The fire began on September 9, 2015 and authorities announced on October 2, 2015 that it had been contained. The Los Angeles Times reported there were 3 confirmed deaths and approximately 13,000 residents were displaced. Capitol Public Radio reported that the Butte Wildfire was the seventh most damaging blaze in California history.
PG&E was previously found guilty of 739 counts of negligence in 1997 after several tree-trimming violations helped contribute to a wildfire in the Sierra that occurred in 1994. The fire was responsible for the destruction of 12 homes near the California town of Rough and Ready.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life and the destruction of property caused by this devastating fire,” said Scott Summy, head of Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group. “Our attorneys will be ready to fight for the rights of people who were harmed due to alleged negligence on the part of Pacific Gas & Electric.”
About Baron & Budd, P.C.
The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, overtime violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.