Tustin Blimp Hangar Fire Lawsuit Attorney

Professional Attorneys Serving Victims of the Tustin Blimp Hangar Fire

Tustin hangar fire lawsuit attorneysThe Tustin Blimp Hangar Fire lawsuit attorneys at Aitken* Aitken* Cohn, are currently investigating potential injury claims for residents in Tustin who may have been exposed to toxic fumes released by a fire at a World War II blimp hangar at the former Tustin Air Base. The law firm is committed to assisting those affected by the recent events and is urging residents to come forward if they believe they have suffered harm due to the toxic exposure.

The incident, which involved a fire flare-up that destroyed one of two massive World War II blimp hangars at the former Tustin Air Base, was first reported by the City of Tustin around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Orange County Fire Authority responded to the blaze, letting the structure burn itself out due to its immense size and difficulty safely reaching the flames.

The 17-story wooden hangar, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contained asbestos, as confirmed by South Coast Air Quality Management District tests.

In response to the potential health risks posed by the asbestos-containing debris and ash, the Tustin Unified School District closed schools on Monday and advised residents to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution. The Orange County Health Department urges the community to take precautions, especially for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, older adults, children, and those working outdoors.

Safety Measures include:

  • Avoid touching fire debris/ash or other materials unless properly trained to do so
  • Wear protective equipment (mask/gloves) if in an area where there is a high risk of encountering asbestos
  • Remove shoes before entering a residence
  • Keep windows closed on windy days
  • Spray patios with water instead of sweeping them
  • Avoid using leaf blowers
  • Wash off ash from vehicles, outdoor toys, outdoor furniture, and pets

The City of Tustin, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Navy, is working to remediate the site for the community’s health and safety. The U.S. Navy has agreed to provide immediate administrative assistance and an initial $1 million for remediation efforts, including asbestos assessment and remediation for Tustin residents and businesses. There are also plans to demolish the hangar and stabilize the site.

Contact Us Today

Aitken* Aitken* Cohn’s Tustin Blimp Hangar Fire lawsuit attorneys encourage affected residents to seek legal guidance promptly. The law firm is dedicated to helping those impacted by this unfortunate incident and can be reached at 866-824-4220 or by filling out our free case evaluation form today.