Poinsettia Fire lawsuit blames La Costa Resort for negligence

Wildfire Forces Evacuation Of Thousands In Carlsbad, California

Residents photograph the burning ruins of their home that was destroyed in the Poinsettia fire on May 14, 2014 in Carlsbad. (Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO – A lawsuit was filed against Omni La Costa Resort & Spa accusing the resort of negligence when the Poinsettia Fire started in May.

The lawsuit filed Friday alleged La Costa Resort was responsible for starting the fire due to negligent maintenance and operation of its property and equipment, and for failing to safeguard against the fire spreading into neighboring residential communities once it started.

Multiple plaintiffs are part of the lawsuit, including homeowners and renters who lost everything they owned, businesses that were damaged and others who suffered injuries due to the fire.

The Poinsettia Fire initially sparked near the seventh hole of the La Costa golf course on May 14, according to fire investigators. The blaze scorched more than 600 acres and destroyed 27 structures.

The chief fire investigator told UT San Diego in July that the fire was possibly started by a golfer. Investigators discovered the ignition point near a cart path and ruled out natural causes and arson. They did not find any cigarette/cigar butt, leading them to believe it was a golf club.

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