PG&E pleads guilty to 84 deaths in 2018 California wildfire

A home burns as the Camp Fire rages through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the flames that forced the evacuation of an entire town.(AP Photo/Noah Berger)

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty Tuesday to 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter for a wildfire that wiped out most of a Northern California town called Paradise.

The nation’s largest utility company took responsibility for the death and destruction caused by its history of neglect and greed.

The hearing comes nearly three months after PG&E reached a plea agreement in the November 2018 fire.

PG&E CEO Bill Johnson acknowledged that the fire that destroyed Paradise was ignited by PG&E’s rickety electrical grid and apologized to the victims.

The company has agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine and $500,000 for the criminal investigation.

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