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PG&E pleads guilty to 84 deaths in 2018 California wildfire

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 01:37:07-04

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) - Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty Tuesday to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter for a wildfire that wiped out most of a Northern California town called Paradise.

The nation's largest utility took responsibility for the death and destruction.

The hearing comes nearly three months after PG&E reached a plea agreement in the November 2018 fire.

Investigators found the fire that destroyed Paradise was ignited by PG&E's rickety electrical grid. The company agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine and $500,000 for the criminal investigation.