Utilities company Pacific Gas and Electric pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the case over the devastating 2018 wildfire in Paradise, California.
“Our equipment started that fire,” PG&E CEO Bill Johnson said in a court hearing, during which the names of each person who died in the fire were read aloud, reported Northern California NBC news affiliate KCRA. “PG&E will never forget the Camp fire and all that it took away from the region.”
The company announced it would submit a guilty plea earlier this year and agreed to pay a fine of $3.5 million.
PG&E equipment has been linked to several fires in the state. The company filed for bankruptcy in January 2019 and has agreed to pay billions of dollars in settlements in lawsuits from victims of wildfires in 2017 and 2018.