A lawsuit filed by a badly-burned Santa Barbara couple has been settled against a property owner for $6 million. Lance and Carla Hoffman were overtaken by flames and nearly killed in the November 2008 Tea Fire, which was started when partying college students left a campfire unattended in the Montecito hills above their rented home. You may recall from media reports that the wildfire destroyed more than 200 homes.
The couple’s lawsuit alleges that Mary K. Robinson and the trust in her name took no steps to prevent trespassing on the property. The Hoffmans have undergone dozens of surgeries, and their medical bills have reached nearly $5 million. The owner and their liability insurance carrier accepted the Hoffmans’ settlement demand and agreed to settle the claim.
Source: The Santa Barbara News-Press
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