Camp Fire, Paradise Lawsuit



Blazing house on fire

PG&E announced that within certain faulty equipment which PG&E says may have caused the Paradise Camp Fire PG&E employees found bullet riddled areas and felled branches in other parts of the fire’s incredibly large perimeter.

PG&E wrote to update the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in a letter by advising that workers found bullet riddled PG&E equipment in Concow and days later another worker discovered branches on top of wires leading up to Fleet Mountain north of Concow.

We believe this is merely an ill timed attempt by PG&E to shift the blame.

Our belief is that PG&E’s equipment, specifically the failed metal hook that holds up the transmission line and an insulator on the tower is the most likely cause of the fire’s ignition. PG&E conceded this issue by admitting to the problematic equipment. It seems PG&E is attempting to shift responsibility by alleging a theory that there may have been a second or third fire ignition point. In this manner they will try to get away with or severely limit their civil liability responsibility for the catastrophic results which followed.

It is important to note that our teams are experienced in proving under California law for that PG&E has to absorb the cost if PG&E is found by a jury to have caused the fire by neglecting to maintain its own equipment. That is California law.  That is the standard which PG&E and all utilities must follow. If equipment is properly maintained but still caused the fire, for example, tree branches falling onto the lines and creating a spark shower which would otherwise not occur if those tree branches were pruned, then PG&E would be responsible if PG&E knew or had reason to know of the need for proper maintenance.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, has not yet determined the official fires cause. We believe PG&E ignored the problems of its aging equipment and poor management of trimming and pruning and inspecting adjacent vegetation to its high power lines. Our law firms plan to file over 50 lawsuits related to the Camp Fire in the next month.

If you have any questions about a Camp Fire claim we are handling for you, please call us at 1-800-718-4658. Or if you suffered losses or injuries due to another California Wildfire, call us today at 800-718-4658. You may also use the live chat feature or complete the contact form on this page.

Ruins from a serious fire

The Camp Fire destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and claimed at least 86 lives. Investigators are still focusing on a PG&E transmission tower in Pulga that suffered an outage about 15 minutes before the Camp Fire started. Previously, PG&E advised that one of its employees saw fire in the area of the tower at about 6:30 AM on November 8th and PG&E personnel later called 911 to report the sighting. The California Public Utilities Commission is still examining the status of allowing electric utility de-energization of power lines during severe wildfire threat conditions as a new preventative measure to prevent massive, catastrophic wildfires. This is all due to the recent catastrophic fires which California has experienced.

Cal Fire investigators removed an arm from the PG&E transmission tower that malfunctioned minutes before the Camp Fire ignited.

The latest news is that Cal Fire investigators removed last Tuesday the PG&E transmission tower that could have caused the fire. We believe that the arm which is attached to a jumper line which moves power on the 115,000 volt transmission line was removed as part of the investigation.

This is the same transmission line that PG&E notified California Public Utility Commission regulators had malfunctioned 15 minutes before the fire was reported.

This is called the Caribou-Palermo transmission line.

Both the California Public Utility Commission and Cal Fire are actively investigating the cause of the fire. We believe this transmission line is likely the factor of the mechanism of failure.

The Caribou line dates back from 1919. The equipment that failed was very old and could have been corroded so badly that its malfunction could start the fire.

PG&E filed on November 8th two incident reports to the Safety and Enforcement division of the California Public Utility Commission concerning the equipment problems in the area of the ignition of the Camp Fire.

workers in ruins after fire


PG&E’s Liability For Camp Fire Losses

PG&E informed Cal Fire that a high voltage line close to the starting point of the Paradise fire had experienced an outage problem just before the first flames occurred. PG&E filed with the California Public Utilities Commissions a report recording the line outage approximately 20 minutes before the official start of the Fire – 6:15 AM, Thursday, November 8th, 2018.

There are firefighter radio transmissions reflecting that when fire teams were dispatched to the original fire location on November 8th, 2018, they noted that the initial fires were located underneath high tension power lines across the Feather River.

The Vallejo Times-Herald quoted one fireman stating to dispatch, “We’ve got eyes on the vegetation fire. It’s going to be very difficult to access, Camp Creek Road is nearly inaccessible. It is on the west side of the river underneath the transmission lines.”

The PG&E Cal Fire filing stated that later in the afternoon PG&E employees observed transmission tower damage in the affected area. This is the location believed to be where the fire began.

PG&E has been responsible for numerous fires including the devastating Wine Country Fire which broke out in October 2017. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that due to various inadequacies in PG&E equipment there have been at least 16 fires reported in Northern California and multiple safety laws have been violated

Our fire legal teams are actively investigating PG&E’s responsibility for causing the devastating Camp Fire. We believe that PG&E’s downed power lines, exploding transformers and outages contacted with trees and other dried vegetation which caused the first fire ignition.

Paradise Fire Timeline

November 8th: First Report of Fire.

November 9th: PG&E told state regulators that a high voltage power line near the fire’s origin experienced a problem.  Immediately thereafter the first flames appeared.

November 14th: More than 7500 structures confirmed destroyed. 58 confirmed fire fatalities. Over 200 Paradise & Butte County residents are still missing. Fire is still not fully contained.

Why Hire Our Law Firm To Assist With Your Fire Loss Claim?

The California Wildfire Legal Teams of Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers represent hundreds of individuals and businesses who suffered losses and injuries due to recent California Wildfires, including the Camp Fire, North Bay Fire, Dixie Fire, Fly Fire, and Zogg Fire. Our teams holds leadership positions in the North Bay fire litigation.

If you suffered losses or injuries due to a California Wildfire, call us today at 800-718-4658. You may also use the live chat feature or complete the contact form on this page.

Please call today to speak with a fire intake specialist. We are contingency lawyers and only accept cases on a contingency.  This means our clients do not have to pay anything until and unless we first obtain a recovery for them.

Helpful Links & Information For Camp Fire Victims

  1. Map of Camp Fire Evacuation Areas
  2. Shelter Locations For Fire Victims
  3. Cal Fire Updates

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