A California man is reported to have made a monetary claim after a recent fire that includes a 500-pound emerald that could fetch $ 280 million, prompting PG&E – the utility – to try to question the alleged owner of the precious stone.
Bloomberg reports that this allegation is related to the campfire in 2018, which was the deadliest and most devastating fire in state history. The blast killed 85 people and destroyed 19,000 homes and other structures. According to the SFGate fire, the fire caused $ 16.5 billion in damage.
The electricity and gas company is looking for evidence that the emerald existed, which may include valuation reports and receipts.
Earlier this month, residents in Paradise gathered for the anniversary of the fire.
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Gov. Last month, Gavin Newsom approved nearly two dozen laws targeting safety interruptions or encouraging communities to adopt standards to make their homes and neighborhoods more resilient to fire.
The Associated Press contributed to this report