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Lawsuits filed over recent blazes

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Koenigstein Drive residents Mark and Debra Scantlin filed suit against Southern California Edison (SCE) Dec. 22 in Ventura County Superior Court. The Scantlins, represented by attorney Alexander Robertson IV, allege that an SCE transformer explosion the night of Dec. 4 started a fire and caused the destruction of their Upper Ojai home.
Brian Leventhal, a representative for SCE, said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.
As of Dec. 26, the cause of the two Dec. 4 blazes that eventually merged into the Thomas Fire remain under investigation, according to Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) Capt. Stan Ziegler.
Robertson said he plans to file five additional lawsuits against SCE on behalf of Upper Ojai residents next week.

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