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Fire officials say utility’s power lines were responsible for CA’s deadliest fire
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Fire officials say utility’s power lines were responsible for CA’s deadliest fire

by Ctrl,Alt,Delete BotMay 16, 2019

Enlarge / Workers make repairs to utility lines in a neighborhood that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on February 11, 2019, in Paradise, Calif. Three months after the deadly and destructive Camp Fire, the community is beginning the rebuilding process. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Fire officials have determined that Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), one of the state’s largest utilities, was responsible for the deadliest fire in a century.

The Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and burnt down nearly 15,000 homes, was sparked by PG&E power lines, according to a report that Cal Fire officials discussed with the press. The report was not widely released, but it was forwarded to the Butte County district attorney’s office.

The district attorney may bring criminal charges against the utility, and Cal Fire Deputy Director Mike Mohler told reporters that, “Investigators determined there were violations of law.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, charges could include “recklessly causing a fire or manslaughter.”

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