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3 men ordered to pay $23M+ for Malibu fire

December 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Three men have been ordered to pay more than $23 million in restitution for a bonfire that destroyed 53 Malibu homes, forced thousands to evacuate and left five firefighters injured in 2007. At a restitution hearing Wednesday, Brian Anderson, William Coppock and Brian Franks were ordered to pay $15.6 million to 11 homeowners. They were also ordered to pay another $7.5 million to the state for fighting the Corral Canyon fire.

The men are due back in court in January to work out a monthly payment plan.

Prosecutors said the fire started when the men added fuel to a bonfire in the mountains above Malibu.

Anderson and Coppock pleaded no contest to recklessly causing a fire with great bodily injury and recklessly causing fire to an inhabited structure. The two were sentenced Sept. 9 to one year in jail and five years probation.

Franks pleaded no contest to a felony charge of recklessly causing a fire and was sentenced in February 2009 to five years probation and 300 hours of community service.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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