PG&E files 2nd report on power line failure near Camp Fire

Bay Area

Pacific Gas & Electric Company officials have filed a second report with California regulators about a power line failure near the start of a deadly wildfire the morning the fire began.

The Mercury News of San Jose reported Saturday that the filing indicated the utility had an outage at 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 8 in Concow, near Paradise.

The utility previously reported to the state Public Utilities Commission that it detected an outage on an electrical transmission line near the site of the blaze.

It said a subsequent aerial inspection showed damage to a transmission tower on the line.No cause of the fire has been determined. But Cal Fire officials said this week they are investigating a possible second ignition point.

PG&E spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin says the utility is cooperating with the investigation.

San Francisco-based PG&E is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving most of Northern and central California.

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