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Camp Fire damage A resident looks through ashes in search of items from his home in Paradise, California, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. The nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century known as the Camp Fire that killed at least 85 people and burned over 14,000 homes has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

On the day California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire started, PG&E Corp. workers saw damage and flames near one of the utility’s transmission towers, now the focus of investigations and lawsuits as a possible ignition point.

The company said in a letter Tuesday to the California Public Utilities Commission that an employee observed fire near the tower at about 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, three minutes before the official start time of the blaze. The line had tripped offline at 6:15 a.m., the company said.

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