First lawsuit filed in Bastrop wildfires

BASTROP, TX

Attorney William Rossick filed the suit Monday in Bastrop against Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. The suit seeks compensation for personal injury, property damage, mental anguish and medical expenses.

Texas Forest Service officials say tree limbs pushed by 30 mph 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 tells the Austin American-Statesman the suit is a misguided attempt to blame the utility for a terrible incident that was out of its control.

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