State Finds Dozen Of Safety Violations By PG&E Before Camp Fire

n aerial view of a neighborhood destroyed by the Camp Fire October 21, 2019 in Paradise.
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PG&E committed 12 safety violations related to the deadly Camp Fire, which burned through Paradise last year, according to a new report by state regulators. 

Among the violations found by the California Public Utilities Commission was a damaged hook on an electrical tower that should have been found during an inspection. 

The equipment that failed on a tower near Paradise and sparked the fire was inspected by air and ground crews, but did not get a thorough review from a climber for Pacific Gas & Electric, according to the report

The lack of physical inspection violated PG&E's internal policy, the regulators said. The tower had not been visited by a climbing inspector since at least 2001, the report said. 

A "worn C-hook" in the tower failed, dropping a transmission line which ignited the fire that eventually killed 85 people and destroyed more than 18,000 structures. It was the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history. 

In a statement, PG&E said it accepted the regulators' findings and apologized again for its role.