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Northern California agencies sue PG&E over 2019 Kincade Fire

State investigators determined that equipment owned by the utility caused the Sonoma County fire.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo, a firefighter sprays water on a burning home as the Kincade Fire burns through the Jimtown community of unincorporated Sonoma County, Calif. Fire officials say Pacific Gas & Electric transmission lines sparked a wildfire last year in Northern California that destroyed hundreds of homes and led to the evacuation of nearly 100,000 people. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued the finding Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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.

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