Los An­ge­les County sues util­ity over wild­fire dam­age

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Los An­ge­les County has sued South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son and par­ent com­pany Edi­son In­ter­na­tional to re­cover more than $100 mil­lion in costs and dam­ages from a wind-driven wild­fire that may have been sparked by one of the util­ity’s wires.

County Su­per­vi­sor Sheila Kuehl an­nounced the law­suit Thurs­day.

It’s the lat­est suit against SoCal Edi­son since the Woolsey Fire, which ig­nited Nov. 8 and charred more than 150 square miles, de­stroy­ing 1,643 build­ings and dam­ag­ing an­other 360 struc­tures.

The util­ity has told the state Pub­lic Utilities Com­mis­sion that an elec­tri­cal out­age be­fore the Woolsey Fire may have been caused by a guy wire and a jumper wire mak­ing con­tact.

The fire raced through the western side of the county un­til it reached the ocean at Mal­ibu; that city plans its own law­suit.

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