Couple sues PG&E, claiming it's at fault for the "Wine Country Fires"
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (FOX26 News) -- A Santa Rosa couple is now suing Pacific Gas & Electric Company, claiming a power line came in contact with vegetation which ignited the "Wine Country Fires."
The couple filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in San Francisco stating, "PG&E is responsible for maintaining vegetation near, around, and in proximity to their electrical equipment in compliance with State and Federal Regulations."
The lawsuit also claims that even though California had a wet winter, PG&E should have known the summer brought back drought-like conditions.
Therefore, the lawsuit states the electric company should have known if its equipment came in contact with those dry plants that a fire would start.
The investigation continues into what caused those fires in Northern California.
So far, 42 people died in those fires and more than 3,500 homes and buildings were destroyed.