Camp Fire Victims Sue PG&E Over Negligence Claims

Several victims of the Camp Fire are planning to sue a popular California utility company, accusing it of causing the deadly blaze.

Residents are putting blame on Pacific Gas & Electric Co., filing a suit Tuesday that claims the power company "failed to maintain its infrastructure and properly inspect and manage its transmission lines." 

The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount to cover a variety of losses, including lost homes, properties and personal belongings, as well as evacuation and temporary housing costs, emotional trauma and loss of income.

PG&E has been under suspicion of causing the Camp Fire after the company told state regulators that it had experienced a problem with a transmission line just minutes before and in the area where the massive fire erupted.

Mike Danko, one of the lawyers involved with the case filed in the San Francisco County Superior Court told the San Francisco Chronicle he believes this is the "first of many lawsuits the utility company will face in connection with the blaze."

“They’ve destroyed people’s lives, killed people and burned down many houses — in fact, an entire town,” Danko said of PG&E. “At some point, there has to be accountability.”

In a statement released Tuesday evening, PG&E said, “The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our highest priority. We are aware of lawsuits regarding the Camp Fire. Right now, our primary focus is on the communities and supporting first responders as they work to contain the fire and getting our crews positioned and ready to respond when we get access, so that we can safely restore gas and electricity to our customers.”

Amanda Riddle, another attorney associated with the lawsuit told KPIX, “It’s quite clear that this fire was caused by a PG&E transmission line and that PG&E is responsible."

PG&E shares have lost more than a third of their value since the Camp Fire broke out last Thursday.

Riddle joined the show Wednesday with more information on the lawsuit, listen to her interview below.

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