It’s not clear whether money to pay for the investigations into the cause of the San Bruno fire will come from PG&E’s ratepayers or from its profits.
The California Public Utilities Commission, the agency that is supposed to oversee PG&E’s infrastructure, met Thursday and created a committee to do its own investigation into the fire — separate from the investigation already begun by the federal National Transportation Safety Board. Read More
Crews started to remove debris today from a few of the homes destroyed by the deadly explosion and fire in San Bruno earlier this month as part of a weeks-long cleanup effort at the disaster site.
The Sept. 9 pipeline explosion and fire killed seven people and destroyed 37 homes, leaving rubble and debris strewn across several residential streets in the Crestmoor Canyon neighborhood. Read More
Three years after inviting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak, Columbia University has invited Meles Zenawi, prime minister of Ethiopia, to speak at its “World Leaders Forum.” (A better title might be the “Demagoguery from Dictators” series.) Zenawi may wind up getting billed as a “controversial choice” but he’s yet another dictator to join Columbia’s anti-democ Read More
Last week's massive explosion and fire in San Bruno caused nearly $38 million in damage to homes, property, and public infrastructure, a spokesman for the city said today.
The blast, which happened at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday when a gas pipeline ruptured, destroyed an estimated $31.25 million in homes and private property in the explosion area, said Burlingame police Capt. Mike Matteucci, a spokesman for the San Bruno explosion. Read More
A tiny fire outside a historic Hunters Point cottage may have been doused by firefighters, but the blaze has reignited the debate over the abandoned plot of land.
Firefighters were called to the Shipwrights Cottage at 8:01 p.m. Monday to find a small grass blaze threatening the 132-year-old structure. Less than 15 minutes later, the fire was under control, Fire Department Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. Read More
A vigil and funeral mass are planned in San Francisco this week for Jacqueline Greig and her 13-old-daughter Janessa, who were killed Thursday when a gas transmission line exploded and ignited a fire that ripped through their San Bruno neighborhood.
The vigil and mass are scheduled to take place at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on 17th Avenue, near Vicente Street, on Thursday and Friday. Read More
Gas continued to flow into San Bruno for nearly two hours Thursday after a pipeline exploded, fueling the fire as it destroyed dozens of homes.
It took 106 minutes for PG&E to shut off the manual valves supplying gas to the pipe after the early evening explosion despite a 1980s warning for PG&E to improve pipe shutdown practices.
On Tuesday, a lawmaker called on the utility company to install automatic shut-off valves throughout its entire gas transmission network. Read More
Police officers and firefighters who responded to a massive explosion and fire that tore through a San Bruno neighborhood on Thursday described the panic and confusion they experienced upon arrival at the emergency, but they credited citizen volunteers and a massive response by San Mateo County agencies with saving lives and preventing the fire from spreading. Read More
State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, said today he will introduce legislation to provide disaster relief for people affected by last week's explosion and fire in San Bruno.
The bill, which has not yet been drafted and will likely be introduced during a special session of the Legislature this fall, will likely include a homeowner's property tax exemption and will allow taxpayers to deduct income loss from the disaster, said Adam Keigwin, a spokesman for Yee. Read More
Federal investigators have received a report of a resident smelling gas a few weeks prior to Thursday's gas line explosion and fire in San Bruno and are asking more residents to step forward with information that will help them determine if the pipe was leaking before the incident. Read More