According to Cal Fire, Sonoma County’s, 54,382-acre Nuns Fire was the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history. The Norrbom, Adobe, Partrick, Pythian and Nuns fires (collectively referred to as The Nuns Fire) were part of a series of fires that merged in Sonoma and Napa counties. These fires started in the late-night hours of Oct. 8 and burned a combined total of 56,556 acres, destroying 1355 structures. The fire also took the lives of 3 people. According to officials, all it took was a spark given the weather conditions on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 (dry, hot and wind gusting up to 60 mph). But what caused the spark?
Who is Responsible for The Nuns Fire?Our San Francisco law firm believes PG&E, a private utility company providing power to the region is to blame for the spark that took lives, homes, businesses near Santa Rosa and other surrounding areas. And while PG&E is still denying responsibility for the fire, CAL FIRE investigators recently determined The Nuns Fire started at several points after trees and limbs fell on power lines. Additionally, winds knocked down a power pole in at least one location and a fire started when PG&E attempted to reenergize the line. At this point it is unclear if PG&E was in direct violation of CA law as it relates to maintenance of its power lines and surrounding vegetation, but it is our position that regardless of any overt violations of the law, PG&E conducted itself negligently and caused the Nuns Fire. That makes PG&E legally responsible to fire victims for their damages, including pain and suffering.
DID YOU KNOW: Records indicate that since 1913, 99% of the wildland fires in Sonoma County were started by humans. This was not an act of nature.
This is not the first time PG&E’s negligence was deemed to be the cause of a deadly and devastating event in Northern California, as the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010 resulted in the deaths of 8 people and wiped out an entire Bay Area neighborhood. PG&E ultimately settled the 170 claims it faced from people that had lost loved ones and their homes for $565 million dollars after it was discovered that faulty welding caused the explosion and inadequate maintenance of the pipeline allowed the hazard to go undiscovered for years. Should PG&E’s negligence be legally to blame for the Nuns Fire and other Wine County Fires, as our attorneys suspect, PG&E will be responsible for compensating fire victims for their losses beyond any claims that would be covered by a victims’ homeowners insurance.
We Are Filing Lawsuits Against PG&E on Behalf Of Nuns Fire VictimsWe are experienced San Francisco wildfire lawyers and are currently representing victims of the Nuns Fire in their claims against PG&E. Damages include wrongful death of loved ones, personal property loss, including destroyed homes, and severe emotional damages related to these losses. We have a history of successfully litigating suits against PG&E and have represented numerous Northern CA fire victims in the past, including recent Valley Fire victims in their claims for damages. Our attorneys are currently working with state and local authorities to establish the cause of these fires from a legal perspective and are preparing to file lawsuits against PG&E for causing the Nuns Fire and taking homes, businesses and lives.
According to recent regulatory filings, insurers for PG&E have already earmarked $800M for potential exposure to these lawsuits, so do not wait to protect your financial interests and secure your claim.
We are representing all of our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means we are only paid if we win your case against PG&E. We invite you to contact us for a free consultation at (415) 345-4282 to discuss your claim or fill out the form below. We would be pleased to have you visit us in our San Francisco office, or if you prefer, we are able to handle all the information and paperwork over the phone and email.
Current Client: “My family lost our home in the Tubbs Fire and we hired Matt and his team to sue PG&E for everything we lost and everything we went through. He is a well-known, reputable lawyer in San Francisco and has successfully sued PG&E before, but he’s not one of these lawyers flooding into our community trying to sign up as many of us as possible like sharks. Many of these lawyers seem to view our tragedy as an opportunity and I don’t like that. If you want to recover money for your losses from PG&E and work directly with an experienced lawyer, I recommend Matt.”