Class action on Parkerville bushfire set for trial

Class action on Parkerville bushfire set for trial

A CLASS action over a fire that razed 57 homes in the Perth Hills is set to go to trial after mediation failed.

The massive Parkerville blaze started when a rotten and termite-ridden private power pole fell over in January 2014 and residents started legal action after EnergySafety found Western Power contractors inspected the pole twice since July 2013.

The matter will return to the Supreme Court on Friday during which Slater and Gordon, the law firm representing victims, will ask for a trial date.

People who lost homes in the fire are seeking at least $15 million damages — and lawyers intend to argue the value of property in the area was reduced by the 2014 blaze.

Fifty-seven homes were lost and several more damaged in the fire that swept the area on January 12, 2014 when temperatures topped 42C and winds reached 25km/h.