Three brothers of a 73-year-old man who died in last year’s Woolsey fire are suing Southern California Edison, blaming the utility for their sibling’s death.
The men — Ernest, Charles and Robert deCiutiis — are alleging negligence and wrongful death after their brother, Alfred deCiutiis, died alone in the massive November blaze.
Alfred deCiutiis, a retired oncologist, died of “effects of thermal injuries,” according to the coroner’s office. His body was found when a cadaver dog was sent in to search his burned-out home.
According to the lawsuit, a family member spoke with DeCiutiis by cellphone Nov. 9 — the day after the Woolsey fire started — and complained that his house had become cold after the power had been shut off. He didn’t know why it was taking so long to restore.
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