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