Travis County Fire Marshal Issues Report that Steiner Ranch Fire Likely Resulted From Austin Energy Lines, Advancing Austin Attorney Brett Burlison’s Case

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Burlison has filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit on behalf of the widow of a Travis County Constable against Austin Energy.

Brett Burlison, Austin wrongful death attorney

Brett Burlison, the Austin personal injury attorney who filed suit against Austin Energy over the Steiner Ranch fire.

The Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a report stating that the 2011 Steiner Ranch fire was most likely started by electrical lines touching one another, sparking and igniting the grass below the lines.

This report has advanced the case of Austin personal injury attorney Brett A. Burlison of the Barry Law Group, who filed a lawsuit against Austin Energy, case number D-1-GN-12-003451 in Travis County Court, in the wrongful death of Travis County Constable Kevin Aigner. The lawsuit alleged that the fire started because Austin Energy’s negligence in maintaining the power lines.

“This report vindicates what we’ve been saying all along,” Burlison said. “Had Austin Energy kept the lines tight, they would have stayed away from one another and not caused the spark that started the Steiner Ranch fire.”

The Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office report echoes the preliminary report from the Travis County Sheriff's office, which was produced shortly after the fire. The preliminary report pointed to two power lines contacting one another as the cause of the fire, resulting in an arcing event that showered molten aluminum on the vegetation and brush below the lines. Typically, power lines are strung with enough tension on the line so that lines cannot touch.

About the Barry Law Group

The Barry Law Group is a personal injury law firm in Austin, Texas. Attorneys Carl R. Barry and Brett A. Burlison have more than 20 years of litigation experience. Both attorneys are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Carl R. Barry has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star three times and was named as one of the Top Attorneys and Outstanding Young Lawyers in the field of personal injury law for the state of Texas. Brett A. Burlison is licensed to practice in Texas and California and has been named as a California Super Lawyer Rising Star.

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