BASTROP (September 27, 2011)--A lawyer for three victims of the massive wildfire in Bastrop County earlier this month is suing an electric utility whose fallen power lines officials say likely started one of the most destructive such fires in recent Texas history.
Attorney William Rossick filed the suit Monday in Bastrop against Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.
It seeks compensation for personal injury, property damage, mental anguish and medical expenses.
Texas Forest Service officials say tree limbs pushed by 30-mile-per-hour wind gusts over the Labor Day weekend likely struck Bluebonnet's overhead power lines, sparking the fires that destroyed 1,600 Central Texas homes and killed two people.
Bluebonnet CEO Mark Rose told the Austin American-Statesman the suit is a misguided attempt to blame the utility for a terrible incident that was out of its control.