A fire district filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison Thursday for allegedly starting the largest wildfire in California’s history with their equipment.
The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District filed a lawsuit claiming Southern California Edison’s facilities ignited the 2017 Thomas Fire and subsequently contributed to the January mudslides in which 21 people died and two went missing.
The lawsuit claims the fire district suffered damages from both incidents, including "property damage, equipment and infrastructure damage, fire suppression costs, fire and emergency response costs," and more.
The fire district is among many lawsuits against SCE, but it is the first fire agency to file. The rest of the lawsuits are from private or individual sectors.