The Sandalwood Fire burned through the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park in October 2019. In its wake, two people lost their lives and more than 70 structures were destroyed. It is believed the fire began due to a trash truck dumping burning garbage nearby. Who can be held liable for the destruction caused by this unnatural brushfire?
McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP with offices in San Bernardino, Ontario and Palm Desert is the largest Inland Empire law firm for complex, high-stakes, and sensitive injury claims and litigation handled on behalf of consumer plaintiffs. While we are a nationally recognized firm handling large cases throughout the United States, we has been litigating individual cases on behalf of Calimesa and Riverside County residents for over 30 years. When we heard of the Sandalwood Fire in nearby Calimesa, Riverside County, we knew we wanted to lend a professional hand to our neighbors and community members affected by the fire. If you lost your home or a loved one due to the Sandalwood Fire, please let us know. With our help, you might be able to gain financial compensation and a sense of justice through a successful lawsuit filed against the liable party.
Damages that could be included in a Sandalwood Fire lawsuit:
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of companionship
As your attorneys, it will be our job to investigate the evidence surrounding the Sandalwood Fire to pinpoint liability for the fire. While you try to rest and recuperate from the disaster and all the hardship it has put you through, our team will work diligently on your case. After calculating your damages carefully, we will fight tirelessly for every last penny you are owed.
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How the Sandalwood Fire Began
Authorities from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office have reported that the Sandalwood Fire that burned through a portion of Calimesa was originally sparked by burning garbage. In a press release issued shortly after the fire began, it was claimed that a garbage truck discarded burning garbage near brush, close to where Sandalwood Drive and Calimesa Boulevard intersect. Apparently, the truck itself had caught fire and the operator discarded its burning load of garbage, perhaps in an attempt to stop further damage to the vehicle.
Aftermath of the Sandalwood Fire
The burning garbage sparked a brushfire that spread rapidly on the windy day. The Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park, Mesa View Middle School, and other nearby properties were ordered to evacuate as firefighters attempted to contain the blaze. Ultimately, the fire destroyed 74 properties and damaged 16 more.
Investigators located two deceased persons in the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. Only the identity of one of the deceased – Lois Arvikson – has been released to the public. Arson investigators are currently looking into the situation due to Arvikson’s death, which has been determined to be caused by the fire. It is also not known at this time if the second deceased individual passed away due to the brushfire, however.
A spokesperson from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has also noted that the truck operator who dumped the burning garbage could potentially be held criminally liable for Arvikson’s death and the damage caused by the fire. It has not been confirmed yet if the burning garbage was dumped legally or not.
(More information about this ongoing story can be found by clicking here and viewing a full article from LA-ist public media group.)
Trust in Our Firm to Set Things Right
Did you lose your home or a loved one in the Sandalwood Fire of Calimesa, Riverside County? You deserve justice, closure, and compensation for the hardship and suffering you have experienced due to no fault of your own. We are currently hearing from people just like you who have lost so much in the Sandalwood Fire and need help putting the pieces back together after this tragedy. We would like to hear from you, too, and see if our legal services can help.
Call our Sandalwood Fire lawyers at (909) 345-8110 or use an online contact form to begin with a FREE consultation. There is no obligation, and we do not require any payment unless we win your case.