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Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while searching through the remains of their home, leveled by the Camp Fire, in Paradise, California, on Nov. 12, 2018. As the fire approached, Nancy Brown escaped from the home with her 2-year-old and three dogs. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Lawyers in California have filed the first class action over a deadly wildfire that killed 88 people and destroyed 14,000 buildings last month.

The suit, filed on Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s failure to maintain its electrical equipment caused the Camp Fire that charred through 150,000 acres. The class action, which notes that the California utility company has at least $1.4 billion in wildfire insurance, seeks economic damages for individuals who lost homes, personal property and income due to the wildfire.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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