PG&E confesses to killing 84 people in 2018 California fire

Bill Johnson
Posted at 4:17 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 19:17:51-04

(AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric confessed Tuesday to killing 84 people in a devastating Northern California wildfire.

The dramatic court hearing was also punctuated by a promise from the company's outgoing CEO that nation's largest utility will never again put profits ahead of safety.

PG&E CEO Bill Johnson appeared on the company's behalf in Butte County Superior Court to plead guilty to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter.

They stem from a November 2018 wildfire ignited by the utility’s crumbling electrical grid. In total, the Camp Fire burned through 153,336 acres and almost completely destroyed the town of Paradise.

Johnson solemnly looked at photos those who died while acknowledging the company's responsibility for the fire.