Sacramento lawyer John Airola, raised in Calaveras County, embraces fire victim Kitty Smith, 54, who was his third-grade classmate, on Tuesday at the San Andreas town hall, in San Andreas. Lawsuits are stacking up against PG&E for allegedly starting the Butte fire. At least four lawsuits filed in recent weeks allege the utility giant didn’t properly maintain its power lines and that a transmission line touching a tree sparked the September fire that killed two and destroyed 475 homes.
Sacramento lawyer John Airola, raised in Calaveras County, embraces fire victim Kitty Smith, 54, who was his third-grade classmate, on Tuesday at the San Andreas town hall, in San Andreas. Lawsuits are stacking up against PG&E for allegedly starting the Butte fire. At least four lawsuits filed in recent weeks allege the utility giant didn’t properly maintain its power lines and that a transmission line touching a tree sparked the September fire that killed two and destroyed 475 homes. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Sacramento lawyer John Airola, raised in Calaveras County, embraces fire victim Kitty Smith, 54, who was his third-grade classmate, on Tuesday at the San Andreas town hall, in San Andreas. Lawsuits are stacking up against PG&E for allegedly starting the Butte fire. At least four lawsuits filed in recent weeks allege the utility giant didn’t properly maintain its power lines and that a transmission line touching a tree sparked the September fire that killed two and destroyed 475 homes. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com

Growing number of lawsuits blame PG&E for Butte fire

October 30, 2015 05:01 PM