On November 7, 2023, a fire destroyed a World War II era blimp hangar in Tustin, CA. The hangar contained abestos and lead paint, and smoke from the fire was confirmed to contain asbestos and lead.
You may be eligible for financial compensation in a Tustin blimp hangar lawsuit if you or a loved one was exposed to toxic fumes from the fire.
Nadrich & Cohen has been representing victims of exposure to toxic substances like asbestos since 1990. We have recovered in excess of $400,000,000 for toxic exposure victims and other injury victims. We have tremendous experience and a proven track record in holding companies responsible for our clients’ exposure to toxic substances.
If you have developed a medical condition after being exposed to toxic substances spewed the Tustin fire and can’t afford to have that condition treated, we can get you to doctors who will treat you without charging you until your case is over. Doctors do this for our toxic exposure clients because they know we get great results for our clients.
Best of all, we won’t charge you anything to represent you in connection with the Tustin blimp hangar fire until and unless we recover financial compensation on your behalf. You won’t owe us any upfront fee or any out of pocket fee for us to represent you in connection with the fire in Tustin.
Call us today for a free consultation, text us from this page or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page if you believe you or a loved one have suffered harm as a result of exposure to the toxic smoke, ash and debris which resulted from the fire at the Tustin hangars.
What Caused The Tustin Hangar Fires?
The cause of the Tustin hangar fire is currently under investigation.
For over 80 years, two huge domed hangars have towered over the southern edge of Tustin, CA. The World War II era blimp hangars were over 17 stories tall, 300 feet wide and 1,000 feet long.
At around 1 AM on November 7, 2023, the north hangar caught fire, and firefighters made the decision to let the hangar go just hours after it caught fire.
The fire was not fully extinguished for 24 days, with officials calling the fire one of the most challenging fires to a structure in the history of the county.
Was The Tustin Blimp Hangar Fire Toxic?
According to a Navy document, the hangar in Tustin which caught fire contained asbestos as well as lead paint.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, air pollution caused by the fire was confirmed to contain lead and asbestos, as well as nickel, arsenic and additional heavy metals.
Asbestos was used in floor tiles, pipe insulation, wall panels and roofing materials at the hangar. Some of the asbestos was in a condition known as being “friable,” which means it crumbled or broke easily, posing a higher risk of inhalation, which may lead to long-term health problems such as mesothelioma, a deadly, incurable cancer.
Most of the hangar’s construction involved wood treated with a substance known as Minalith, which, according to a Navy spokesman, contains lead and other heavy metals such as arsenic.
How Did The Fumes Impact Nearby Communities?
While air testing near the fire showed low levels of toxic substances, this testing, according to a South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) document, wasn’t conducted until 12 hours after the ignition of the fire. So, it’s difficult to know how much toxic asbestos and lead were released by the fire in the initial hours of the fire burning.
AQMD found asbestos in ash and debris which fell in the Tustin area, with some debris samples containing as much as 37 percent asbestos.
County documents have stated that debris containing asbestos was found days after the fire at schools in Tustin which were as far as three miles away from the hangar.
County documents have stated that around 10,000 homes ended up being affected by the fire. Nearby residents who have had certified asbestos contractors do indoor testing in their homes have reported test results which showed a presence of asbestos.
Asbestos And Lead Contamination: The Dangers
The primary health problem associated with asbestos is mesothelioma. This is a deadly, incurable cancer which affects the mesothelium, which is a thin tissue layer covering many internal organs. The lung lining and chest wall lining are most commonly affected.
The symptoms and signs of mesothelioma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Feeling tired
- Chest wall pain
- A swollen abdomen
Mesothelioma generally develops about 40 years after exposure to asbestos. Most patients die within 12 to 21 months after diagnosis, with only around 7.5 percent of patients living for over five years after diagnosis.
Asbestos is also linked to lung cancer, ovary cancer and larynx cancer, with limited evidence linking asbestos to colorectal, pharnyx and stomach cancer.
Asbestos has also been linked with asbestosis, an inflammatory condition of the lungs which can cause coughing, shortness of breath and permanent damage to the lungs, as well as benign pleural effusions, pleural thickening and pleural plaques.
Exposure to lead can cause numerous health problems such as:
- Nervous system damage
- Brain damage
- Kidney damage
- Speech problems
- Hearing problems
- Behavior problems
- Learning problems
- Slowed development
- Slowed growth
Lead exposure is particularly damaging to children, especially children under the age of six who are still growing and developing very quickly.
Financial Compensation Available In A Tustin Blimp Hangar Fire Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the Tustin fire, you may be eligible for financial compensation for:
You may qualify for financial compensation for any medical bills related to the fire. You may also qualify for financial compensation for any future medical treatment you may need as a result of the fire.
If you have been exposed to asbestos as a result of the Tustin fire, you may require medical monitoring for the rest of your life. You may qualify for financial compensation for this monitoring in a Tustin fire lawsuit.
If, for any reason, you had to miss time off of work due to the Tustin fire, you may qualify for financial compensation for the wages you were unable to earn.
Pain And Suffering
You may have suffered from physical symptoms as a result of exposure to toxic substances spewed into the air by the Tustin fire. In addition, if you suffered from psychological distress as a result of the Tustin fire, you may qualify for financial compensation for this distress.
Contact A Tustin Blimp Hangar LawyerToday
Call us today for a free consultation if you believe that you or a loved one may have been impacted by the Tustin blimp hangar fire. You may qualify for financial compensation for medical bills, medical monitoring, lost wages and more in a Tustin fire lawsuit. We have been representing victims of toxic exposure for over 30 years and won’t charge you a fee until and unless we obtain a recovery for you. Call us today.