Home Fire Damage
Discovering that a fire has destroyed your home can be emotionally shattering; discovering that your insurance won’t cover the costs to rebuild your home makes it that much more difficult to bounce back and get on with your life after a home fire.

Home Fire Loss

Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott
understands just how complex fire cases can get.

When all or part of your home has burned down, you are probably feeling desperate to start rebuilding and replacing what you’ve lost. How can you start rebuilding when your insurance money just won’t cover the replacement cost at today’s prices? What if you don’t have home owner’s or renter’s insurance? And what about your cherished possessions—family photos, the children’s homemade gifts, a child’s beloved stuffed toy? Your insurance might cover the structure of the home and some of its valuable contents, but how do you place value on an irreplaceable photo of your child that was taken hours after birth?

In situations where there is not enough insurance to cover all your home fire damages, the attorneys at the Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott Trial Lawyers can step in to help. We will look to the source of the fire that took your home and work to identify the party who started the fire or created conditions that encouraged it to spread. We will then make a case to prove that party’s liability and will make a claim for the many damages that aren’t covered by your homeowners’ insurance. In some cases, a fire is caused by the negligence of a large utility company with plenty of resources to oppose your claim so it is essential to have an experienced fire damage attorney working for you.


Fire is an incredibly destructive force capable of causing untold amounts of damage to a structure and to a family’s sense of well being. The kinds of economic and non-economic damages fire victims often suffer include:

  • Smoke damage
  • Structural damage
  • Loss of personal possessions
  • Burns and bodily injuries
  • Roof collapse
  • Melting
  • Plumbing damage
  • Water damage
  • Electrical damage
  • Loss of trees and landscaping
  • Emotional anguish
  • Stress
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Inconvenience
  • Homelessness

The California Fire Lawyers at the Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott Trial Lawyers can provide you with powerful legal representation to advocate to get you and your family the full value of what you’ve lost in the fire.


In California, wildfires are common, and they can often be traced to an act or negligence of a gas or electric company, which may be then be found civilly liable for damages the fire caused. The company often will try to escape liability by claiming that the fire was an “act of God” or “due to unforeseen weather conditions” when it was in fact caused by the company’s negligence. The lawyers at Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott know how to overcome these defenses and have won millions of dollars in fire claims against utility companies for homes lost to wildfires.


You’re entitled to recover for your lost or damaged structures, injuries suffered in the fire, emotional distress, personal property, items of sentimental value, and alternate living expenses until your home has been replaced. In some cases, you may also recover punitive damages. Insurance does not compensate you for the anguish and inconvenience that comes with losing your home and a lifetime’s worth of possessions; however, we will fight to win you compensation for the emotional distress and difficulties you face in the aftermath of a destructive fire.

In California, when you have a fire damage claim, you’ll find the experienced representation you need when you hire the California Fire Lawyers at Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott Trial Lawyers. We have a powerful record of recovering fire damages for hundreds of families including 1600 clients who lost their homes in the 2007 San Diego area fires. Contact us today for a free consultation or review some of our recent news coverage.

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Has your home or property been damaged by a fire? Have you been physically injured in a fire? Are insurance adjusters trying to take advantage of you during this difficult time? Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott can help you navigate the complexities of your unique fire case, represent your interests, calculate the appropriate value of your damages, and help you recover the fair and full compensation you may need to move forward with your life. Schedule your free case evaluation today.