Camp Fire survivors haven’t received promised payouts from PG&E. Where’d the money go?

Remnants of a burned home in Paradise, California after the Camp Fire that occurred in November 2018. Photo taken March 1, 2019. Photo by Shutterstock.

The Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise in November 2018, becoming the most destructive and deadliest fire in state history. The fire was sparked by Pacific Gas and Electric’s faulty equipment. As part of a bankruptcy settlement, PG&E agreed to pay more than $13 billion to victims of the Camp Fire and other recent fires in Northern California. The money was put in a special Fire Victims Trust.

But KQED reveals that nearly all of the victims haven’t seen a dime of that money. Meanwhile, the trust has paid out about $50 million in fees.