SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has been charged with manslaughter and other crimes in a Northern California wildfire last year that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
Investigators found that the Zogg Fire was started by aging equipment from the nation’s largest utility. It occurred near Redding in September.
Prosecutors announced 31 charges on Friday, including 11 felonies.
According to the AP Shasta County district attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced 31 charges and 11 felonies against the company if it is found guilty.
Bridgett said that the main goal was to hold PG&E accountable and let the surviving family know that their loved ones did not die in vain.
PG&E CEO Bridgett says that while the deaths are tragic, failing to stop the fire is not a crime.
This is the latest legal action against PG&E.
It pleaded guilty to the 84 counts involuntary manslaughter for a 2018 firestorm in Paradise caused by its long-neglected electricity grid.