PG&E CEO Says 'We Didn't Cause Any Fires...'


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On Friday, PG&E's CEO Bill Johnson answered questions from reporters about the recent power shut-offs in California.

ABC7 reporter Dan Noyes specifically asked him what he wanted to say to all of the families who had to throw out food due to the outages, and his answer probably won't surprise you one bit...

"These events can be hard on people, really hard on people, and particularly people who have struggles anyways. And you know, there are community-based things you can do, food banks, these kinds of things. But for us, you know, the main thing is we didn't cause any fires. We didn't, for these people, burn down any houses," Johnson said.

"The Kincade Fire is still under investigation, I got that," he added. "But one of the things we did was give them the opportunity to actually refill their refrigerator 'cause their house is still there."

California politicians called his comments "tone deaf", and we happen to agree...

"To think that we should be grateful that PG&E, because of their negligence and their mismanagement, didn't burn our house down," Sen. Jerry Hill told ABC7. "That's the most outrageous, insensitive, tone deaf thing I've ever heard."

PG&E shut off power to millions of homes in California, yet they are still to blame for starting at least three fires last weekend. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, but are still involved in multiple investigations within the state.

Check out more details on the SFGate.

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