Paradise Camp Fire Has Caused More Than 60 Deaths; More Than 600 People Missing
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Nov 16, 2018 in Personal Injury
As deputies, National Guard troops and coroners continue searching for human remains, the death toll from the Paradise Camp fire in California has increased to more than 60 people. The number of missing people has also increased to 631.
The fire that started last week has completely destroyed Paradise, California and continued to burn in surrounding communities. Last weekend, wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour helped the fire spread further.
The fire has now become the deadliest in the U.S. in a century, and the deadliest and most destructive fire in the history of the state of California.
The fire has destroyed more than 10,000 structures, including thousands of homes. As of Sunday, the Camp Fire spanned 110,000 acres, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate. Unfortunately, the fire may not be fully contained until the end of the month, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), which provides gas and electric service in the region affected by the fire, has admitted that it would be financially devastated if it is found to be liable for this fire. According to a regulatory filing from Tuesday, there was an outage on a transmission line in Butte County on the morning of November 8, only 15 minutes before the fire started.
The company has already taken a hit financially – shares of PG&E stock fell more than 30 percent on Wednesday. The value of the stock has been cut in half since the fire started.
Contact Us to Discuss Legal Options
If you lost loved ones or suffered second or third-degree burns in the Paradise Camp fire, you should consider seeking legal representation. Our experienced attorneys may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries through a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit.
If you suffered substantial property damage, such as the loss of your home, we may also be able to help you pursue compensation for these damages.
The experienced Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Group have helped many victims of negligence and their families move forward after tragedy.
Contact us today so we can determine your legal options moving forward. Call 1-800-706-3000.