20 Jun 2010

Legal action lodged over Black Saturday fires

6:02 am on 20 June 2010

More than 600 victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria have begun legal action against a power company for its role in the fires on 7 February, 2009.

The Kilmore East fire killed 119 people and destroyed over 1200 homes after a long power line broke.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers claim Singapore Power failed to fit a $A10 safety device and should have better maintained the line, which was located in an area with a high risk of bushfire.

The ABC reports the action is the second to be filed in Victoria's Supreme court.

Late last year, a class action was filed against the Powercor power company over a fire at Horsham that destroyed 12 houses.