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On 11 August 2015 Slater and Gordon commenced a proceeding in the Supreme Court of Western Australia against Western Power and its contractor Thiess on behalf of residents and property owners affected by the destructive bushfire in Perth’s hills in January 2014. The Parkerville blaze tore through hundreds of hectares of bush, destroying 57 homes and damaging many more in its path.

The fire started when a wooden power pole, which had been damaged by termites and fungal rot, fell and ignited ground vegetation. In July 2013, contractors engaged by Western Power, Thiess, conducted works on the rotten pole and replaced the adjacent pole. Thiess’ line crew inspected the rotten pole, but did not detect that it was extensively damaged by termites and fungal rot. Two days prior to the fire, on 10 January 2014, Western Power conducted additional works in the vicinity of the rotten pole.

We allege that if Western Power and Thiess they had proper systems in place, the rotten pole would have been repaired or replaced prior to the 2013-2014 summer season, and the fire would never have occurred.

We seek to recover compensation for losses that property owners, residents and business owners have suffered as a consequence of the fire. These include loss arising from damaged or destroyed property, changes in property values, business interruptions and other costs, inconvenience and loss of amenity.

We are offering our services on a No Win No FeeTM* basis. Under a No Win No FeeTM* Agreement, Slater and Gordon can only charge you for its professional service if a successful result is obtained from the legal representation.

It is not too late to participate in the action. We encourage residents and property owners affected by the fire to contact us on (08) 6313 6115.

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