Photo evidence from investigation of PG&E power line that caused the Camp Fire
Two holes can be seen at the end of the metal arm where the broken hook hung before it broke, sparking the 2018 Camp Fire. The metal plate with the foremost hole is where the hook was hanging. Investigators with the CPUC say the fact that the hook was moved from the worn hole behind it proves that PG&E knew the hooks and holes were prone to wearing.
The broken hook on PG&E's Caribou power line, blamed for sparking the 2018 Camp Fire which killed 85 people. The hook was worn and the tip of it snapped off in the wind, according to CPUC investigators.
This hook comes from tower 199 on the Caribou high-tension power line owned by PG&E. The groove gouged more than halfway through the metal is an example of the kind of wear that caused a hook to break on tower 222, sparking the deadly 2018 Camp Fire and killing 85 people.
A dangling set of insulators can be seen in the left side of tower 222 in this image, caused by the failure of the hook. Investigators say the power line attached to these insulators made contact with the steel tower, causing the sparks that lit the 2018 Camp Fire and killing 85 people.
Evidence of arcing on the PG&E power line that fell when a worn hook failed on tower 222, sparking the 2018 Camp Fire which killed 85 people.