Both victims of California’s Mill Fire identified as family sues Weed lumber mill owner

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler
The Sacramento Bee
September 14, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

WEED, California — The son of an immigrant from the Philippines who was killed in the wildfire in Weed earlier this month is suing the owner of the lumber mill on whose property the fire started. Joselito Bereso Candasa filed a wrongful death suit against Roseburg Forest Products, saying his mother was one of the two victims of the Mill Fire in Siskiyou County… the other victim as 73-year-old Marilyn Hilliard. …For more than a decade, Roseburg has operated a co-generation plant that turns unused wood into electricity. Last week, the company acknowledged that it stored hot ash from the biomass plant in a concrete bin. The bin — practically the only structure that survived the fire — didn’t have a lid. …Cal Fire officials have roped off key portions of the warehouse site and told Roseburg to hold off on the company’s investigation until Cal Fire has finished going through the premises.

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