Erin Brockovich meets with Camp Fire survivors

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich met with Camp Fire survivors Friday night in Chico.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 11:21 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich met with Camp Fire survivors Friday night in Chico.

"Nobody could ever prepare or possibly imagine anything on this nature of disaster," said Rachal Hambrock, a Camp Fire survivor.

Camp Fire survivors met with consumer advocate, Erin Brockovich, who says she is fighting for the people.

"It's for people who lost loved ones, it's for people who had to go through the emotional trauma to get past that and have to figure out where to go," Hambrock. 

Brockovich is partnering with several law firms to represent wildfire survivors in what she says, is a fight against PG&E.

"I think people need to realize, we need to send messages to our government, we need to send messages to PG&E, and so that ownership that this is their town," said Brockovich.

PG&E has acknowledged its failed electrical equipment probably started the Camp Fire which erupted below a transmission tower near the town of Pulga.

Camp Fire survivor Randy Harris lost his Paradise home in the fire.

"My wife can't even stand to go up there, she just breaks into tears," said Harris. 

He told Action News Now his concerns.

"Is the insurance going to take the money what we can get if the firm does come through with money. How much and how much are we going to be able to keep?" said Harris. 

To date, Erin Brockovich and the law firms have signed 3,500 wildfire survivors to represent.

"Really being that stronger voice to carry to the powers that be that are making policies how they can change policies to make it better for their grandchildren and the next generations," said Brockovich.

"As far as my son, personally, I want to be able to still build a good foundation and for our family to be able to ease down the trauma of it all," said Harris. 

Camp Fire survivor Rachel Hambrock said it's still a challenge 6 months later.

"There's still people struggling, and trying to make ends meet, they're having to relocate find new jobs and find childcare for these new jobs," said Hambrock.

While the cause of the Camp Fire is still under investigation, PG&E said in February it believes it is "probable" that its equipment will be determined to be an ignition point of the fire.

There will be another community meeting held at The Palms Event Center on Saturday, this will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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