Is PG&E responsible for the North Bay wildfires?

Debbie Wolfe stacks some china to take with her, that once belonged to her grandmother, found in the burned ruins of her home, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. A massive deadly wildfire swept through the area last week destroying thousands of housing and business. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A Santa Rosa couple who lost their home in the North Bay wildfires is taking action. The couple filed a lawsuit against PG&E Tuesday citing negligence on behalf of the utility company as the source of the blaze that destroyed more than 5,000 structures, ravaged over 200,000 acres and killed 42.

The lawsuit comes in the midst of Cal Fire’s investigation into PG&E’s potential role in the fires.

Host Brian Copeland was joined by somewhat of an expert on the topic, Attorney Frank Pitre.

Pitre has represented hundreds of plaintiffs against PG&E in past lawsuits against the company, including the 2010 San Bruno gas line explosion case in which PG&E was fined $1.6 billion by the PUC for negligence.

Listen to the full segment below to hear why Pitre believes PG&E “more likely than not” started or contributed to the blazes. Pitre’s also shares the discrepancies between what his investigation has found and what PG&E is claiming.

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