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Investigators found that the Zogg Fire was started by an outdated piece of equipment belonging to the nation’s largest utility.
Prosecutors announced 31 charges on Friday, including 11 crimes.
According to the AP Shasta County district attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced that if the company was found guilty for manslaughter, they would penalize it with a fine per person who died from the fire.
Bridgett stated that the main objective of PG&E is to hold them accountable and let the surviving family know that their loved ones did not die in vain.
Although the CEO of PG&E said that the deaths were tragic, failing to stop the fire is not a crime.
This is the latest legal case against the utility company.
It pleaded guilty in 2017 to 84 charges of involuntary killing over a 2018 fire in Paradise that was caused by its long-neglected electricity grid.