MOUNTAIN VIEW FIRE LAWSUIT AGAINST LIBERTY UTILITIES
Though the fire began only recently on Nov. 17th, 2020 20,385 acres have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Mountain View Fire has resulted in one fatality, and 100 people displaced.
THE FACTS OF THE MOUNTAIN VIEW FIRE
What types of damages are you entitled to pursue? You can pursue any real damages, including wrongful death, loss of property, loss of business, personal injury, and other legal damages. Speak to an attorney from Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott to find out about your case.
How much work will you need to do if you choose to pursue a case? Very little. You’ll tell your story and supply documentation to your attorney. The attorney will handle it from there. Very few of these cases require anyone to appear in court.
Will you have to pay legal fees? No. All attorney fees will be paid for by the defendant, in this case, Liberty Utilities.
Will your attorney receive any portion of your insurance payout? No. The attorney is only entitled to a fee if they recover any money from Liberty Utilities. If you need an attorney to sue your insurance company, they might get a portion of that payout, but your attorney will discuss that with you.
MOUNTAIN VIEW FIRE IN DETAIL
The Mountain View fire left one person is dead and 80 structures have been destroyed in a wildfire driven by howling winds through Walker south of Gardnerville. The Mono County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there was a fatality related to the Mountain View Fire on their Facebook page. The California Department of Transportation reported 21,000 acres burned as a direct result of the fire.
Flames spread through the town and across the Walker River into Antelope Valley, carried by 50 mph winds that later increased to 78 mph.
This is the second time in three months that residents of Walker and Coleville had to flee a major wildfire. The Slink Fire burned over the ridge from the Slinkard Valley into Mill Canyon, threatening the town.
THE CAUSE OF THE MOUNTAIN VIEW FIRE
The Cause of the Mountain View is still under investigation, though officials believe Liberty Utilities played a role.
WHAT TO DO NEXT ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN VIEW FIRE
If you are under evacuation orders, leave. Leave quickly. This is a fire that has consumed 20,000 acres in less than 4 days. With 50 to 60 mile per hour winds, it can overrun a home in seconds.
WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THE MOUNTAIN VIEW FIRE
As noted above, there is no official determination. There are some guidelines for handling any responsibility of this incident and its impact on your life:
- Make an inventory of your belongings and the things that you’ve lost. If you don’t have an inventory on file with your insurance company, you will want to make a list soon.
- Get legal representation. There are probably going to be lawsuits with regards to this fire. You will want someone to keep an eye on your best interests throughout this process.