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Pacific Gas and Electric Company

California utility sued by warehouse fire victim relatives

Relatives of 18 of the 36 people who died in Oakland's "Ghost Ship" warehouse fire added California's Pacific Gas & Electric utility on Tuesday as a defendant in their wrongful death lawsuits. They claimed the company should have known the warehouse's electrical hookups were hazardous and illegally installed.

Authorities have not disclosed what caused the Dec. 2 fire but have said they are investigating electrical causes. PG&E was added as a defendant to a "master complaint" lawsuit that combined the 18 separate lawsuits into one, lawyers for those relatives said.

PG&E "contributed to this fire and horrible loss of life," attorney...