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Elmira man claims he was stiffed after Camp Fire

The man said he went down to Paradise, Calif., after Christmas and worked for a week clearing dead and damaged trees.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 6:34 PM

ELMIRA, Ore. -- An Elmira man says a $1,500 paycheck is five months overdue after he worked on the Camp Fire in northern California.

The man, who wanted to remains anonymous, said he went to Paradise after Christmas and worked for a week clearing dead and damaged trees to make way for power lines. He said he got paid for one day's work but is still waiting for the rest.

"We went down there to help restore power, kind of to help out, not really looking to get rich off it you know," he said. "I think we got taken advantage of."

A spokesman for utility giant PG&E tells KEZI that the issue is between the man and a subcontractor, ABC Construction. But officials at ABC says they haven't been paid either. Meanwhile, PG&E, who has been blamed for starting the fire, filed for bankruptcy.

"I don't know what to do," the man said. "I mean who do you go after?"

While the man said he's not sure if he'll get his money, he said the experience is not going to stop him from working on other fires and helping people in need. 

 "I'll just be a little more careful," said the man.

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