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Camp Fire Victims File Lawsuit Against California Energy Company Speculated to Have Caused Wildfire

California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and its parent company were sued on Tuesday by attorneys representing several victims of the Northern California “Camp Fire,” SFGate reports. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco County Superior Court Tuesday, reportedly accuses PG&E of failing to maintain its own infrastructure and equipment, which allegedly led to the cause of the deadliest wildfire in state history. It also reportedly claims the company had a “pattern and practice of favoring profits” which “left [it] vulnerable to an increased risk of a catastrophic event such as the Camp Fire.” Mike Danko, one of the attorneys involved in the case, said he expects other lawsuits to be filed against the energy company soon. While the cause of the Camp Fire has not yet been officially determined, PG&E reportedly told state officials they had experienced trouble with a high-voltage power line near the ignition point of the fire. One day before the fire, they also reportedly emailed a customer stating they were going to do maintenance due to “problems with the lines.” PG&E would not comment on the lawsuit, but told SFGate the “cause of the Camp Fire has not yet been determined.”