La Costa Resort Sued for Negligence

Last May, a fire broke out at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in La Costa. At first, the fire broke out close to the La Costa golf course’s seventh hole. It didn’t take long, though, for the fire to move on to claiming over 600 acres and 27 structures before it could finally be tamed.

In July, the chief fire investigator gave an interview where he said he believed the fire may have happened because of a golfer. Natural causes and arson were both ruled out and the fire’s origins were traced close to a cart path. Without cigar or cigarette butts nearby, they believed a golf club could have been to blame. A titanium golf club striking a rock may have been all the spark a fire needed to start.

The lawsuit alleges that the resort is responsible due to negligence. As a result of poor maintenance and operation of equipment and the entire property, the lawsuit claims the fire was able to start and spread. It also blames the resort for not safeguarding the neighboring community once the fire began to rage.

Multiple homeowners, renters, business owners, and others who lost property—or practically everything they own—are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Others suffered physical damage from the fire.

It should be reiterated that, at this time, the actual origin of the fire has not been isolated and probably never will be. However, if it was something as simple as a cigarette or cigar butt, the lawsuit claims it was the resort’s fault for not warning golfers about the dangerous conditions the course represented.

No matter what kind of business you own, there are risks involved—even unlikely ones like these—which is why it’s so important to have legal representation you can call at a moment’s notice.


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