SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Several Northern California agencies are suing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) over damage caused by a 2019 wildfire that caused nearly 100,000 people to flee.
State investigators determined that equipment owned by the utility caused the Sonoma County fire.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, alleges that PG&E’s negligence caused the fire and it's legally responsible for the damage to public property.
PG&E says it had inspected the equipment before the fire and resolved any concerning issues. Its aging equipment has sparked several major fires in recent years, including a 2018 blaze that destroyed much of the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.