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Homeowners Blame State For Wildfire

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Owners of 47 homes that burned in the Corral Fire in November 2007 say the State of California caused it by failing to respond to repeated warnings of wildfire danger in Malibu Creek State Park, where the fire started.

Plaintiffs say someone started in an area known as The Cave, on the night of Nov. 23-24, 2007, after the state had ignored repeated warnings to reduce the dry chaparral at and around the party spot.

The Corral Fire burned 4,900 acres, destroyed more than 50 homes and damaged others.

Plaintiffs' lead counsel in Superior Court is Walter Lack with Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack.

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