Terry Chea / AP
Electricity transmission lines owned and operated by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric (PG & E) led Camp Fire last fall, the smallest and most destructive fire in California history, said state fire investigators on Wednesday.
County burned over 150,000 hectares and killed 85 people. "After a very careful and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE identified that Camp Fire was caused by electricity transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG & E) located in the area of Pulga "fire officials of Butte County, California said in a statement. The fire has two areas of outbreak, according to investigators, while the second fire in the rest of the county was burned by a first fire started near Pulga.
The Cal Fire report was passed to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.
The search is unexpectedly unexpected. Even though PG & E teaches its delivery lines and dried plants around them as likely to be malicious in a revenue report released in February. "In addition to claims for property damage, business disruption, interests and attorneys' fees, Utility may be liable for fire prevention costs, evacuation costs, medical expenses, personal injury damage, damages to damages and other damages under other liability assertions, including if Utility is determined to be negligent, "the company said. The announcement came on the same day that the new CEO of PG & E, Bill Johnson, testifies before a state Assembly committee.
"I made the guess when I got the equipment of PG & E causing a fire," he said quoted by The Associated Press. "It's a disappointment that has happened. We will not do it again."
In a statement released Wednesday, the utility said that even though unable to study the Cal Fire report, its search for its sin "is consistent with the company's earlier statements."
"We will remain committed to working with state agencies and local communities to make our customers and California safer," the statement added.
PG & E filed for bankruptcy protection in January
Governor Gavin Newsom has refuted the utility in a court-complaining case-related bankruptcy case. "Everyone should be mindful of PG & E's history over two decades of mismanagement, improper behavior and efforts to improve a unique culture of safety," Newsom said.