Enlarge this imageVolunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. State officials say the fire was caused by PG&E power lines.Terry Chea/APhide captiontoggle captionTerry Chea/APVolunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of Malik Jefferson Jersey homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. State officials say the fire was caused by PG&E power lines.Terry Chea/APElectrical transmi sion lines owned and operated by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) caused last fall’s Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, state fire investigators said Wednesday. The fire in Northern California’s Butte County burned more than 150,000 acres and killed 85 people.”After a very meticulous and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmi sion lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area” of Butte County, California fire officials said in a statement. The fire had two ignition sites, according to investigators, as the second fire in a different part of the county was consumed by the initial blaze that started near Pulga. The Cal Fire report has been forwarded to the Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. The finding was not unexpected. PG&E had even pointed to its transmi sion lines and the dry vegetation around them as a po sible culprit in an earnings report i sued in February.”In addition to claims for property damage, busine s interruption, interest and attorneys’ fees, the Utility could be liable for fire suppre sion costs, evacuation costs, medical expenses, personal injury damages, punitive damages and other damages under Jessie Bates III Jersey other theories of liability, including if the Utility were found to have been negligent,” the company said. The Cal Fire announcement came the same day that PG&E’s new CEO, Bill Johnson, was testifying Joe Mixon Jersey before a state A sembly committee. “I have made the a sumption when I got here that PG&E equipment caused the fire,” he said as quoted by The A sociated Pre s. “It’s a disappointment that this happened. Let’s not do it again.”In a statement released late Wednesday, the utility said that although it has been unable to review Cal Fire’s report, the finding of its culpability “is consistent with the company’s previous statements.” “We remain committed to working together with state agencies and local communities to make our customers and California safer,” the statement added. PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January. California Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted the utility in a court filing related to the company’s bankruptcy case. “All should be mindful of PG&E’s history of over two decades of mismanagement, misconduct and failed efforts to improve a woeful safety culture,” said Newsom.

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