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the remains of paradise last year shocked America now six months after the campfire incinerated much of this community investigators have formally determined the cause state fire officials on Wednesday said electrical transmission lines owned and operated by P. G. an E. were to blame for the blaze it started about ten miles northeast of paradise last November but it's still not the full answer Wednesday statement stopped short of saying whether the San Francisco based company was at fault for lapses in maintenance or how exactly the lines triggered the greatest loss of life from a single wild fire in the state's history at the time victims said their entire town was lost some very rich community by any means but we have we take pride in his , the fire raced through this town with little warning nearly nineteen thousand homes and structures were destroyed eighty five people lost their lives I cal fire spokesman said the investigation into how the equipment failed and whether there was criminal liability is still open PGA any says it hasn't been able to review the report but it does except its findings on the origins of the fire the utility company filed for bankruptcy in January it remains under criminal probation for a deadly pipeline explosion in twenty ten and it's a defendant in a number of private civil cases a stemming from other wild fires its previously cited potential civil liabilities in excess of thirty billion dollars