Pacific Gas & Electric admitted its culpability in the fire, as the name of each victim was read in court [File: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo]

In an unprecedented case of a corporation being held accountable, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has confessed to killing 84 people in a devastating wildfire that wiped out the Northern California town of Paradise in November 2018.

PG&E Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson entered individual guilty pleas on Tuesday on behalf of the company for 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the fire, which was blamed on the company’s crumbling electrical grid. It was the deadliest corporate crime in United States history. 

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“Our equipment started that fire,” said Johnson, who apologised directly to the victims’ families.

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