Authorities Investigating Possible Link Between PG&E, California Wildfires

October 25, 2017  |  Environmental, Wildfire

Investigators with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) are investigating the possibility that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) equipment may have helped set off deadly wildfires in the northern portion of the state. These fires have killed more than 30 people and burned hundreds of thousands of acres.

The Possible Link

According to news reports, fire dispatch calls during the period of time the fires started show that there were a number of blown transformers and downed wires. In addition, the CPUC is investigating whether or not PG&E complied with requirements that the company trim trees and clear vegetation near power lines.

Utilities in California have a legal responsibility to ensure that the equipment used in their delivery network do not cause loss of life, health or property. For example, they are required to remove trees that could ignite a fire after falling onto power lines. They must also clear brush and other vegetation near lines that could provide fuel to a fire.

When they fail to take the necessary precautions and a fire occurs, people who have lost property or suffered other losses may be able to take legal action against the utility. They can file lawsuits for several types of damages, such as bodily injury, wrongful death, loss of business income and loss of personal property.

Baron & Budd is working with Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP as well as the Singleton Law Firm on behalf of people who suffered losses due to these devastating wildfires. If you would like to learn how we may be able to help you, please call 707-533-8128 or complete our contact form.

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