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Omni Hotels not responsible for fire. No specific cause of the Poinsettia Fire has ever been determined. Theories include a spark from a golf club hitting a rock or a discarded lit cigarette. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A lawsuit that sought to place the blame for a costly and destructive wildfire on a San Diego County resort was adjudicated in favor of the resort — after the plaintiff could not produce any evidence to prove the resort was responsible for the fire.

On May 14, 2014, the Poinsettia Fire raged through Carlsbad, California, just north of San Diego. Fueled by unseasonably hot dry winds, the wildfire spread rapidly, scorching hundreds of acres.

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