According to reports from Fort Worth, Texas, a lawsuit against Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative has been filed by homeowners who lost their homes in one of the most destructive wildfires in state history. The law suit alleges that the utility company had knowledge of the wildfire dangers caused by recent drought and failed to remove dead vegetation near the power lines which sparked the devastating blaze.
A spokesman for Bluebonnet has said he believes the wild fire was a terrible incident which was beyond anyone’s control. The spokesman also said the trees which first caught on fire were on private property and outside of the company’s right of way. However, the law suit alleges that Bluebonnet had the right and the responsibility to remove dead trees and trim branches on private property. Further, the lawsuit contends that the private property was near valid easements.
The lawsuit claims Bluebonnet had knowledge of the dangerous conditions because concern about the severe drought conditions were logged in the minutes of a membership meeting in May. Sources say the lawsuit accuses Bluebonnet of negligence and seeks compensation for property damage, mental anguish, medical expenses, and physical impairment and court costs.
According to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, no state agency currently oversees the trimming of trees and branches around power lines.