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Bastrop Wildfire Lawsuit Information: The Bastrop Wildfire of 2011 Caused Over $250 million in Damages and Has Several Pending Lawsuits by Texas Bastrop Wildfire Lawyer and Austin Fire Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

The September 2011 Bastrop Fire killed two people, destroyed over 1,500 homes & buildings, forced thousands to evacuate their homes, destroyed numerous business, and caused approximately $250,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars) in damage to the people and business community of Bastrop.  The community is now facing numerous fire damage rebuilding issues including insurance issues, FEMA issues, contractor issues, and other fire damage legal issues.  This web page is intended to provide general information regarding some of these Bastrop fire damage, compensation, and rebuilding issues. 

If you, your business, or a loved one has suffered damages from the Bastrop Fire and have specific questions, please feel free to send an e-mail message to Austin Texas Bastrop Fire Lawyer Jason Coomer for a free online case review or submit an inquiry for a Free Online Evaluation of your Bastrop Fire Claim or Bastrop Fire Lawsuit by an Austin Texas Bastrop Fire Lawyer.

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The Texas Forest Service has released their report of the investigation of the cause and origin of the Bastrop Wildfire of 2011.  In the report, the authorities have determined that on September 4, 2011, power lines maintained by the Bluebonnet Electrical Coop ignited a dead pine tree that fell on the lines causing the Bastrop Fire that killed two people and destroyed over 1,500 homes, and numerous businesses.  The Bastrop Complex Fire is one of the nation's largest fires in recent history and destroyed over 34,000 acres as well as caused an estimated over $250,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars) in damage.  

According to authorities, the fire ignited as a result of dead and dry pine trees falling onto power lines maintained by Bluebonnet Electric Coop.  According to Bluebonnet Electric Coop documents, this is a similar scenario that caused the Bastrop Fires in February 2009.  Thus, there is a significant issue as to whether this fire could be avoided and should Bluebonnet Electric Coop have been aware of this danger of dead and dry pine trees on their power line easements and taken steps to prevent or at least reduce the potential of an electrical wildfire like the September 2011 Bastrop Fire? 

As a result of the 2011 Bastrop Fire, numerous Bastrop Fire Lawsuits are expected to be filed including numerous Bastrop Fire Bluebonnet Electric Coop Lawsuits, Bastrop Fire insurance coverage lawsuits, Bastrop Wildfire loss of business lawsuits, and Bastrop Wildfire property damage lawsuits.  In fact, some Bastrop Fire Bluebonnet Electric Coop Lawsuits have already been filed and many more are expected.

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Unfortunately, in the aftermath of a devastating fire, there are often many fraudulent contractors, insurance adjusters, builders, and other unscrupulous individuals that attempt to take advantage of disaster victims and fire victims.  These individuals will often try to undervalue fire damage or fraudulently take money needed for rebuilding homes or replacing property lost in the fire.  It is important when dealing with insurance adjusters and contractors after a fire, to read and understand any contracts or releases that are given to you.

In dealing with insurance adjusters, it is often best to make sure that you have a copy of your insurance policy.  Reading and understanding your insurance policy is extremely important in determining what compensation you may be entitled to after a fire loss.  It is also important to determine approximately what your fire damages or fire loss is including all lost personal property, the cost of demolition & rebuild, and the cost of alternative living expenses.   In doing this, it is helpful to keep track of all money spent on alternative living expenses, demolition, and rebuild.  Try to keep receipts for everything.

It is also often a good idea to let the adjuster originally state what the coverage and fire loss damage estimates are prior to stating what you have determined the coverage and fire loss damage is.   Like any negotiation, having the adjuster state the first number and then responding to that number is often an effective method of negotiating an insurance claim.

In dealing with builders and contractors, it is important to make sure that you are dealing with someone that will provide good quality work and will finish any work in a timely manner.  As such, it is important not to agree to give too much money to any builder or contractor upfront, make sure that they are a legitimate builder with references and insurance, and to read as well as keep a copy of any building contract.

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Several Bastrop Communities including Tahitian Village, Pine View West, Lake Bastrop State Park, Cottle Town, Harmon Road, Pine Hill Loop, Schwartz Road, Old Potato Road, Circle D, Lake Bastrop Acres, KC Estates, Watterson Road, Colovista, Wilhelm Way, Young School House Road, Hall Road, Eisly Road, Tiner Cutoff, and Herron Trail have suffered catastrophic damages from the Bastrop Wildfire.  These Bastrop Communities will require significant rebuilding and demolition to recover from the September 2011 Bastrop Complex Fire. 

People in these communities may be interested in reviewing the Texas Forest Service Fire Investigation Report regarding the investigation of the cause and origin of the Bastrop Wildfire of 2011 or a news story regarding the Bastop Wildfire of 2009 and the lawsuit regarding the Bastrop Power Line Utility Wildfire.  The residents and businesses in these Bastrop Communities including Tahitian Village, Pine View West, Lake Bastrop State Park, Cottle Town, Harmon Road, Pine Hill Loop, Schwartz Road, Old Potato Road, Circle D, Lake Bastrop Acres, KC Estates, Watterson Road, Colovista, Wilhelm Way, Young School House Road, Hall Road, Eisly Road, Tiner Cutoff, and Herron Trail have suffered catastrophic damages from the Bastrop Wildfire will need significant compensation and recoveries to be able to rebuild their homes, businesses, and communities.

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(The Importance of Working Smoke Detectors and Early Warnings to Prevent Fatal House Fires)

A working smoke alarm on every level of a home and in each bed room is an important safety feature to have in your home.  The United States Fire Administration provides information on smoke alarms including the following brochure on What You Need to Know about Smoke Alarms as well as information on defective smoke detectors that you should be aware of and avoid.

Defective smoke detectors and smoke alarms are especially problematic for fires that occur at night, when people are sleeping, when people are disabled, or when the fire is hidden.  This is because a failure to warn of a fire can allow the fire to spread.  Once the fire has spread smoke can accumulate taking away oxygen and creating toxic fumes that can cause people and pets to pass out from smoke inhalation

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Recovering from a home fire, can be difficult.  Not only is there the loss of life or serious injuries to deal with, but the actual clean up and rebuilding.  From the fire damage to smoke and fire suppression damage, residential fires typically require significant resources to clean up and rebuild the home.  As such, it can be extremely difficult to deal not only with the loss of life, injuries, and damages, but to also deal with the builder, insurance company, or other large company that may be responsible for the home fire.

It is often beneficial to hire a home fire lawyer or fatal fire lawyer to assist in seeking compensation for a home fire.   A good residential fire lawyer will investigate the cause of the fire and work with fire cause and origin experts to determine the cause and origin of the fire.  This investigation is extremely important as it is the person seeking compensation that has the burden to prove what caused the fire including poor maintenance on power lines; faulty installation of electrical wiring, appliances, gas lines, or gas meters; defective parts including aluminum wiring, defective gas meters, defective gas lines, defective gas control valves, or defective flexible gas connectors; or defective appliances or vehicles.  It is also important to determine if there were working smoke detectors or flame detectors in the home.

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After losing a loved one in an accidental fatal fire, it can be difficult to locate all potential insurance recoveries as well as to prove to insurance companies and guilty defendants the full extent of damages that your family has suffered. This is true even if the damages suffered include the loss of a main contributor of financial support to your family or if there are large medical and funeral bills created by the death.  These damages can cause a ripple affect of other damages that can result in the loss of a home, loss of vehicles, loss of ability to go to college, and other serious financial problems.      

This investigation is often hard for the family of the person that was killed in the fire because they are unfamiliar with fire investigation and they are usually busy grieving the loss of their loved one.  They also are often attempting to transition into a world without their loved ones and dealing with financial and probate issues.  

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Poor maintenance on power lines as well as defective aluminum wiring can cause devastating electrical fires such as the Bastop Wildfire of 2009, Bastrop Wildfire of 2011, the Steiner Ranch Wildfire of 2011, and many apartment, condominium, and home fires throughout Texas.  Preventing future electrical fires can save lives and prevent devastating fire damages.  By being aware of potential hazards such as dead pine trees and branches near power lines and defective wiring, will allow precautionary measures such as removing potential dangers and ensuring that during dangerous conditions proper monitoring is in place.   

Many older homes including apartments, houses, and condominiums built in the 1960s and 1970s have aluminum wiring.  According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, these homes have an increased risk of fire hazard as aluminum wiring can overheat and cause a fire.  This can turn into a fatal fire if the home does not have a working smoke detector.  This deadly combination can allow an accidental electrical fire in the wall of a home to spread undetected and cause smoke inhalation, serious burns, or even death.  Defective smoke detectors and smoke alarms are especially problematic because the hidden fire can rapidly spread while people are sleeping allowing smoke to fill up the home causing people and pets to pass out from smoke inhalation.  If you own or are thinking of buying or renting an older home it is important to know if you have aluminum wiring and if your home has working smoke detectors.  This knowledge can help avoid a fatal house fire or fire tragedy.  

When purchasing, renting, or deciding to live in an older home it is important to know when it was built and if it was built with aluminum wiring in it.  This is because many homes built in the 1960s and 1970s were built with aluminum wiring that can over heat and cause a fire.  Additionally, over time the aluminum wiring in these homes typically deteriorate making the risk of an accidental electrical fire increase. 

If you own or are thinking of buying or renting an older home it is important to know if you have aluminum wiring.  If your home will have aluminum wiring, it is also a good idea to review the Consumer Product Safety Commissions Recommendation for Aluminum Wiring in Homes and to make sure that your home has working smoke detectors.  This knowledge can help avoid a fatal home fire or fire tragedy.  

As for power lines during droughts, dry and windy weather, it is important to identify and report dead limbs and trees near power lines that could cause a fire.  It is also important to keep a record of the report and follow up with the proper utility to make sure that any potential fire hazard is properly taken care of by the utility.

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Austin Texas Home Fire lawyer handles Bastrop Wildfire Lawsuits, Steiner Ranch House Fire Lawsuits, Texas fatal fire lawsuits, Texas deadly house fire lawsuits, Texas business fire lawsuits, and other accidental fire lawsuits that cause serious injuries, significant loss of property, loss of business profits, or death.  As a Bastrop Fire Fraudulent Builder Lawyer, Bastrop Fire Damage Compensation Recovery Lawyer, Central Texas Bastrop Wildfire Insurance Recover Lawyer, Bastrop Fire Damage Compensation Lawyer, Bastrop Lost House Fire Compensation Lawyer, Bastrop Wild Fire Lost Business Profits Recovery Lawyer, and Bastrop Fire Rebuilding Lawyer, Jason Coomer often works with other Bastrop Fire Fraudulent Builder Lawyers, Bastrop Fire Damage Compensation Recovery Lawyers, Central Texas Bastrop Wildfire Insurance Recover Lawyers, Bastrop Fire Damage Compensation Lawyers, Bastrop Lost House Fire Compensation Lawyers, Bastrop Wild Fire Lost Business Profits Recovery Lawyers, and Bastrop Fire Rebuilding Lawyers on large wildfire, deadly house fire, apartment fire, business fire, and other fire lawsuits. 

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Texas House Fire Lawyer and Texas Business Fire Lawyer, Jason Coomer, represents people that have been seriously burned or suffered smoke inhalation in home fires as well as the families of people that have lost a loved one, their business, or their home in a catastrophic fire or explosion.  As a Bastrop Fire Damage Compensation Recovery Lawyer, Central Texas Bastrop Wildfire Insurance Recover Lawyer, Bastrop Fire Damage Compensation Lawyer, Bastrop Lost House Fire Compensation Lawyer, Bastrop Wild Fire Lost Business Recovery Lawyer, and Bastrop Fire Rebuilding Lawyer, Jason Coomer works with other Bastrop Fire Fraudulent Builder Lawyers, Bastrop Fire Damage Compensation Recovery Lawyers, Central Texas Bastrop Wildfire Insurance Recover Lawyers, Bastrop Fire Damage Compensation Lawyers, Bastrop Lost House Fire Compensation Lawyers, Bastrop Wild Fire Lost Business Profits Recovery Lawyers, and Bastrop Fire Rebuilding Lawyers on large wildfire, deadly house fire, apartment fire, business fire, and other fire lawsuits.   

 If you, your business, or a loved one has suffered damages from the Bastrop Fire and have specific questions, please feel free to send an e-mail message to Austin Texas Bastrop Fire Lawyer Jason Coomer for a free online case review or submit an inquiry for a Free Online Evaluation of your Bastrop Fire Claim or Bastrop Fire Lawsuit by an Austin Texas Bastrop Fire Lawyer.

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