PG&E facing criminal charges for allegedly starting last year’s Zogg Fire

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – A California prosecutor filed criminal charges against Pacific Gas and Electric for a deadly wildfire in 2020.

Four people died and about 200 homes were burned in the Zogg Fire in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in September 2020.

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said PG&E equipment sparked the fire.

On Friday, PG&E was charged with manslaughter and other crimes in connection with the Zogg Fire.

In a statement, the company said the loss of life is “heartbreaking” and the company “continues to reach settlements with individual victims and their families impacted by the Zogg Fire in an effort to make it right. We do not, however, agree with the district attorney’s conclusion that criminal charges are warranted given the facts of this case.”

PG&E pleaded guilty to more than 80 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed 10,000 homes and nearly the entire town of Paradise.

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