According to a statement from the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, the devastating fire that ravaged the Steiner Ranch subdivision in 2011 was most likely caused by arching electrical lines that made contact with drought-stricken grass.
Investigators came to this conclusion after eliminating other possible causes of the fire. According to Fire Marshal Hershel Lee, “We excluded possible ignition sources and found that the electrical lines where the fire most likely started had enough slack to slap and arc, causing molten metal to fall onto combustible grass.”
The Steiner Ranch fire occurred over Labor Day weekend in 2011 , the same day that the devastating Bastrop Wildfires broke out, and destroyed approximately 50 homes. The Bastop fires were responsible for damaging more than 1,500 homes. A devastating summer drought and high winds created the dangerous conditions that allowed these fires to be so destructive.
If you suffered property damage or loss in the devastating fires that hit the Central Texas area last year and you are having trouble securing the financial assistance you feel you deserve from your insurance company, contact the wildfire insurance claims lawyers of Williams Kherkher today at 800-639-8460.