ZOGG FIRE LAWSUIT AGAINST PG&E
Cal Fire recently published a news release confirming PG&E’s lines were responsible for starting the Zogg Fire. The report confirms what our investigators already suspected: that a tree contacted PG&E’s transmission line located north of Igo in Shasta County, igniting the fire. If true, this establishes PG&E is liable under the inverse condemnation cause of action. It is also very significant for establishing that PG&E was negligent, since properly designed, installed, and maintained lines do not make contact with vegetation.
Very simply, the lawsuit against PG&E for causing the Zogg Fire is based on the failure of PG&E to properly maintain its equipment and to de-energize its power lines when high winds and/or other weather conditions require it.
THE FACTS OF THE ZOGG FIRE
- The fire started on September 27, 2020 during a high wind event
- The high winds pushed the fire quickly and burned 56,338 acres
- The fire is 100% contained as of October 13, 2020
- PG&E equipment caused the Zogg Fire in Shasta County after a tree hit a power line
- Over 8,224 homes were threatened
- The fire destroyed 204 structures
- 4 people were killed by the fire
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ZOGG FIRE LAWSUIT
What types of damages are you entitled to pursue?
You can pursue any real damages, including wrongful death, loss of property, loss of business, personal injury, and other legal damages. Speak to an attorney from Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott to find out about your case.
How much work will you need to do if you choose to pursue a case?
Very little. You’ll tell your story and supply documentation to your attorney. The attorney will handle it from there. Very few of these cases require anyone to appear in court.
Will you have to pay legal fees?
No. All attorney fees will be paid for by the defendant, in this case, PG&E.
Will your attorney receive any portion of your insurance payout?
No. The attorney is only entitled to a fee if they recover any money from PG&E. If you need an attorney to sue your insurance company, they might get a portion of that payout, but your attorney will discuss that with you.
THE CAUSE OF THE ZOGG FIRE
Cal Fire officials said the Zogg fire, which started September 27, 2020, grew by about 2,000 acres from the day before and had blackened about 81.2 square miles. But, with calmer conditions, there was significantly less growth compared to the previous 24-hour span when the blaze grew by 50% from 31,000 acres. After a very thorough investigation, Cal Fire has determined that the Zogg Fire was caused by a pine tree contacting electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Elcetic (PG&E).
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO RECOVER?
There are several steps you can take to aid in your recovery from the Zogg Fire. These include: