Attorney: Taylor Bridge fire victims plan to sue state

Attorney: Taylor Bridge fire victims plan to sue state

CLE ELUM, Wash. -- The nearly 60 Taylor Bridge fire victims now plan to sue the state for damages, according to their attorney Mike Helgren.

Helgren told KIMA the state failed to get the construction companies to comply with "reasonable fire precautions," and didn't adequately respond to the fire once it started.

"If the state had done its job, the fire wouldn't have started," said Helgren.

Nearly 60 fire victims are currently listed on the lawsuit, but Helgren said that number will grow Friday when paperwork is filed in Kittitas County, adding the State of Washington as a defendant.

More than 60 homes burned in the fire last summer.

Investigators say welding at a construction site with crews from Conway Construction and Rainier Steel  started the blaze back in August.