A house erupts in flames on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 during the controlled burn of a home in Escondido, Calif., that was so packed with homemade explosives that authorities claim they had no choice but to burn it to the ground. The house was rented by an out-of-work software consultant who allegedly assembled an astonishing quantity of bomb-making materials that included chemicals used by Middle Eastern suicide bombers. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Emails obtained by the North County Times show an exchange between Bunton and the homeowner’s attorney Steven McKinley. In one email, dated December 15, McKinley asks for at least $500,000 for "property damage, distress and inconvenience."
Bunton told NBC San Diego that the county had not officially responded to the request, but they were going to do so "relatively shortly." He doesn't believe the homeowners will get any money.
"They are not legally entitled to any compensation. This was an emergency," said Bunton.
He says the best option for the homeowners is to file a claim with their insurance company.
A call to the homeowner's attorney for comment was not returned.
Unstable chemicals were found inside the so-called “bomb factory” after a gardener stepped on explosive residue and was hurt. Authorities said the materials were too dangerous to remove.
The home's tenant, George Jakubec, has pleaded not guilty to bank robbery and making destructive devices.