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Officials with utility view damage of deadly California fire

William Johnson, left, the chief executive officer for Pacific Gas & Electric Co., leaves the Paradise Performing Arts Center during a tour of fire ravaged Paradise, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2019. Johnson, the PG&E board and others leaders were ordered by United States District Judge William Alsup to tour the destruction caused last November's Camp Fire. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Top officials with the utility behind the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century quietly toured the burned remains of a Northern California town Friday.

The Nov. 8 Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, incinerating about 14,000 homes and killing 85. State investigators last month blamed the fire on faulty Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that company officials did not speak to the press. The group drove through a wildfire-ravaged neighborhood and stopped at a site where an elementary school once stood.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup, the judge overseeing the company’s probation from an earlier incident, ordered PG&E’s board, chief executive and other leaders to witness the damage in person.

Alsup joined them on the trip.

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