Western Power blames bushfire victim for power pole blaze
Western Power has blamed regulator Energy Safety for failing to identify a faulty power pole that sparked the devastating Parkerville bushfire.
The utility has hit back in the Supreme Court trial denying its responsible for the blaze that destroyed 57 homes.
The utility claims three parties were responsible for the power pole which toppled over, sparking the blaze in Parkerville in 2014.
Lawyers for Western Power argued the pole wasn't its responsibility because it was on private land and homeowner Noreen Campbell should have maintained the pole.
Western Power also blamed independent contractor Thiess and Energy Safety claiming the regulator is responsible for identifying a faulty pole which at the time was riddled with termites.
Almost 200 plaintiffs are taking on the utility and contractor Thiess in a bid for compensation.