Maddens Lawyers has issued a Class Action on behalf of victims of a bushfire in the Mount Victoria area of the Blue Mountains, that broke out on 17 October 2013.
The fire destroyed nine houses and damaged another 60 properties when it burnt through the areas around Mount York Road, St Georges Parade and Darling Causeway on 17 October 2013.
Maddens Lawyers issued proceedings on 22 October 2015 against energy provider Endeavour Energy. Endeavour's vegetation management contractors, Pinnacle Career Development Pty Ltd ("Pinnacle') and Asplundh Tree Expert (Australia) Pty Ltd ('Asplundh') have recently been joined as defendants.
According to the Amended Statement of Claim, the Mt Victoria fire was ignited when a poorly maintained tree came into contact with a powerline at Mt York Road, Mt Victoria at approximately 12.15pm on 17 October 2013. It is alleged that Endeavour Energy owned and operated the powerline at Mt Victoria, and that it engaged Pinnacle and Asplundh to supply vegetation management services so as to ensure that potentially hazardous trees were identified and clearances between the powerline and vegetation were maintained. It is alleged the bushfire started because of the negligence of Endeavour Energy in the maintenance and inspection of the powerline and the negligence by Pinnacle and Asplundh in undertaking vegetation management services.
The proceeding returned to Court for a directions hearing on 29 July 2016.
Even if you were insured for losses sustained in this fire, Maddens can help you obtain compensation for losses not covered by your insurance. Contact us to find out how we can assist you.