SoCal Edison, Boeing Sued Over Devastating Woolsey Fire

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The Woolsey fire burns homes in Malibu in November 2018. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The Woolsey fire burns homes in Malibu in November 2018. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

A lawsuit filed Tuesday against Boeing and Southern California Edison alleges that the two companies failed to protect the public from the threat that fire posed at the Santa Susana Field Lab, a former rocket testing facility where the devastating Woolsey fire broke out in November.

The suit accuses Boeing and Edison of not properly maintaining power lines and electrical infrastructure, and failing to clear brush on the 2,850-acre site near Simi Valley; in addition, Boeing lacked firefighting personnel at the location, the plaintiffs allege.

The Woolsey fire ended up becoming the largest fire in Los Angeles and Ventura county’s modern history.

Robert. F. Kennedy Jr., co-counsel to Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, one of the five firms representing more than 100 property owners and renters whose buildings and property were damaged or destroyed by the fire, said Edison should have preemptively shut off power to mitigate the fire risk on a dry, windy day.

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