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Court costs come back to burn residents

SLATER and Gordon have responded to a court order from Western Power that seeks millions of dollars from residents who lost homes in the 2014 Parkerville, Stoneville bushfires.

In 2015, law firm Slater and Gordon lodged a class action law suit on behalf of 189 residents affected by the fire which destroyed 57 homes.

In March this year a judge found contractor Thiess and a homeowner responsible for the termite-ridden power pole, which fell over and sparked the fire, and cleared Western Power of any liability.

Western Power have now sought to recover court costs from residents who signed up for the group action.

According to a statement released by Slater and Gordon on Wednesday, the power company has the option to claim those same costs back from the insurer of Thiess.

“Our clients, who are continuing to suffer the devastating financial impacts of this fire, had the courage to take on Western Power and its negligent subcontractor, and in doing so raised significant issues of safety within the Western Australian electricity networks,” Slater and Gordon practice group leader Rory Walsh said.

“We don’t believe there could ever be a good enough reason to pursue the victims of this fire.

“We are vigorously opposing Western Power in this application.”

The trial was live streamed in what was at the time a WA first.

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