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Family members of those killed in Camp Fire share their stories with PG&E executives

One man shared with the courtroom what his brother's last few seconds may have been like.

Posted: Jun 17, 2020 9:54 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2020 10:10 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Some family members of those who died during the Camp Fire shared their stories of loss ahead of a judge and PG&E executives on June 17.

Families traveled from out of the area to share their lost loved one's stories with PG&E.

One of the victims said they were asked not to look at the utility members when giving their statements and instead were told to look at the judge.

Esther Carota shared with Action News Now about her experience the morning of the fire.

"My ex-brother-in-law lived seven houses down from me. I tried to get him out the morning of the fire and he refused to leave, he thought the fire was not that close and he wouldn't go even though I begged him too," Carota shared. "I live with that every day, I feel guilty, I feel sad."

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Carota said this day in court does not bring her closure, but she does ultimately feel better and acknowledged it will be a while until she reaches a point of closure.

One man shared with the courtroom what his brother's last few seconds may have been like.

"They found my brother's remains on his wheelchair ramp," he said. "I remember going to the house the first time... When a body burns on concrete, it leaves a little halo. That's what wakes me up at night."

Philip Binstock lost his father in the fire and said it is great if this brings closure for other families, but for him, it does not.

"There are some victims who can't speak out because it's too painful for them but this is a good venue for them to say what they need to say and what I saw this morning was so moving," said Binstock.

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"I want PG&E to understand although they weren't charged for murder, they committed murder and in the most heinous way," Binstock shared with Action News Now.

Some of the victims said this experience gave them a sense of closure, while others said they are still healing.

PG&E CEO Bill Johnson was not at the June 17 testimonies. Instead, the interim CEO Bill Smith was present.

Sentencing for PG&E will happen on June 18.

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