A California man reportedly filed a lawsuit after recent fires, which he said included a 500-pound emerald that could bring in $ 280 million, prompting PG & E, a utility, to try and question the alleged owner of the historic gem.
Bloomberg said the allegation was related to a fire in the 2018 camp, which was the deadliest and most destructive forest fire in state history. The fire killed 85 people, destroyed 19,000 houses and other structures. According to SFGate, the fire caused damage estimated at $ 16.5 billion.
According to reports, the electricity and gas company is looking for evidence of the existence of emeralds, which may include valuation reports and receipts. The utility did not include the person’s name in the report.
Earlier this month, the people of Paradise gathered for the anniversary of the fire.
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Last month, Governor Gavin Newsome approved nearly two dozen laws regarding power outage precautions or encouraging communities to adopt standards to make homes and their surroundings more fireproof.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.