A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Farmers Insurance Group of refusing to honor claims filed by policyholders whose homes were damaged by the Station fire.
The plaintiffs, comprising more than 1,100 homeowners in the Station fire burn area, allege that the insurance company denied or minimized payouts on claims for damage stemming from fire, smoke, ash, soot and wind. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Farmers Insurance spokesman Jerry Davies said the company's legal team was reviewing the lawsuit, but declined to comment further.
The Station fire broke out on Aug. 26 along Angeles Crest Highway two miles north of La Cañada Flintridge. It raged uncontained for more than a month, destroying 160,000 acres of forest, 89 homes and killed two Los Angeles County firefighters. It also blanketed foothill communities in a thick cloud of ash and left many homes and vehicles smelling of smoke for weeks.
Harriet Khteian, a plaintiff in the case who lives on upper Palm Drive in La Cañada, said her house was inundated with smoke and ash during the fire. But her troubles didn't end there.