In a filing to government regulators, PG&E stated that officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office were investigating whether PG&E equipment may have caused the deadly Zogg Fire, which began on September 27, 2020 near Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane.
The utility reported that Cal Fire had taken some of its equipment as part of the investigation, and that it detected a series of problems in SmartMeters and its power line on Zogg Mine Road moments before the fire was detected.
A U.S. District Court Judge has since ordered PG&E to explain its role in the fire, and to describe the equipment removed by Cal Fire and the location of the equipment when it was in use.
Although investigations are ongoing, victims who suffered losses in the Zogg Fire can explore options for recovering their losses. These may include:
- Lawsuits under California’s inverse-condemnation law, which allows property owners to recover fair compensation for property destroyed or damaged by a public use.
- Civil negligence lawsuits that seek a financial recovery for property damage, business interruption, pain and suffering, and other losses arising from a utility’s negligence.
- Lawsuits over personal injury or wrongful death of a loved one.
- Insurance claims or bad faith lawsuits over unfair denials or delays of covered losses by the insurance company.
If you have a potential Zogg Fire lawsuit or wish to speak with an attorney about your rights and options, contact us for a free case evaluation.