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PG&E’s Removal of Fire Evidence Draws Warning From Federal Judge

Nov. 7, 2020, 3:13 AM

A tree PG&E Corp. removed from the site of a deadly Northern California fire caught the attention of a federal judge who has cautioned the company to preserve evidence.

State regulators are investigating whether PG&E’s equipment caused the September Zogg fire, which killed four people and destroyed more than 200 buildings. On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ordered the utility not to “destroy or despoil” any evidence it transports from the site, but to make sure it is “preserved with records sufficient to show its exact locations when removed.”

In his role overseeing PG&E’s criminal probation,...

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