Victims of Camp Fire Sue PG&E for Allegedly Causing Deadly Blaze

Geraldine Edwards
November 15, 2018

Along with two others in Southern California - the Woolsley Fire and the Hill Fire - the wildfires have forced almost 150,000 people to evacuate, officials said.

The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history is responsible for 48 deaths, 103 missing people and over 7,000 destroyed structures, as of this writing, with numbers expected to rise.

He has requested portable morgue teams from the United States military, as well as a disaster mortuary crew, additional cadaver dogs and forensic anthropology units.

The fires are so large, smoke from their flames can be seen in downtown Detroit - about 2,100 miles to the northeast, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday. The town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains looks like a wasteland.

He said it remained unclear how many individuals whose whereabouts were unknown had perished or fallen out of touch in chaotic evacuations. "I love that he shared his gift of music with me and so many others during his lifetime", she said.

One primary focus is the fact that tens of thousands of people are out of their homes - either burned out or evacuated - and are desperate to get back in.

Debris removal in Paradise and outlying communities will have to wait until the search for victims finishes, he said. The search for bodies continued. It quickly spread into Malibu and destroyed hundreds of homes.

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The soldiers targeted homes of the missing.

"Today an additional six human remains were recovered, which brings the total to 48".

After the soldiers finished at the site, a chaplain huddled with them in prayer.

Authorities revealed on Wednesday that human remains were found in a burned home in Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County. Sheriff's department spokeswoman Megan McMann said the list was incomplete because detectives were concerned they would be overwhelmed with calls from relatives if the entire list were released.

"Everybody was like, 'OK, we're ready, ' " Lundy said. He said that more than 200 people were still unaccounted for.

A sheriff's deputy asked Bechtold on Wednesday for information that could identify her remains, like any history of broken bones. She lost her home in the fire.

Efforts were underway to bring in mobile morgues, cadaver dogs, a rapid DNA analysis system for identifying victims, and an additional 150 search-and-rescue personnel on top of 13 teams already looking for remains - a grim indication that the death toll would nearly surely rise. I feel so sad for everyone though.

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According to local media, a Rapid DNA-analysis system is set up in the decimated town, equipped with portable devices that can identify someone's genetic material in hours, rather than the days or weeks it takes to test samples in labs. "It would have been such an easy decision to stay, but it was the wrong choice", Gibson said from the Neighborhood Church in Chico, California, which was serving as a shelter for some of the more than 1,000 evacuees. It is only 10 percent contained.

The flames were so fierce that they melted metal.

Before the Paradise tragedy, the deadliest single fire on record in California was a 1933 blaze in Griffith Park in Los Angeles that killed 29.

PG&E also said that it submitted an "electric incident report" to the California Public Utilities Commission on November 8, days before the fire.

People whose homes were destroyed in the recent blaze sued PG&E on Tuesday, accusing it of negligence for failing to properly inspect and manage its power lines and blaming it for the fire.

A PG&E spokesman noted to CBS News that "the cause of the Camp Fire has not yet been determined" and then added: "Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, employees, contractors and the communities we serve".

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All told, an estimated 300,000 people statewide were under evacuation orders, a lot of them in Southern California . A search for bodies continues in the devastated northern town of Paradise , where 23 people are known to have died.

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