Two of six reported missing after San Bruno fire located

Two of the six people believed to be missing after the gas explosion and fire have been located, the city announced today on its website.

Officials did not say how or when the two were accounted for in a telephone interview this afternoon.

They also did not confirm the condition of the two located, but the confirmed number of fatalities remains at four, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

Four people are still reported missing.

At about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, a 30-inch PG&E steel gas transmission pipeline ruptured near Skyline Boulevard and San Bruno Avenue, causing a massive explosion and fire. The blast and fire destroyed 37 homes, according to a list on the city's website.

Three groups of San Bruno residents displaced by Thursday's gas explosion and fire were allowed to return to their homes beginning at noon today, according to a news release on the city's website.

Some residents will continue to be escorted to their homes throughout today once the houses are cleared by building inspectors, according to the release.

City officials are asking displaced residents to go to parking lot M at Skyline College, located at 3300 College Drive, where they will be asked to show photo identification in order to be escorted to their home. Authorities will ask those without identification a series of questions to verify residency.

Two wristbands will be issued for each address along with decals for up to two vehicles. The decals will be color-coded to identify the amount of time residents are allowed to visit their home, according to the city.

Upon arriving home, residents will meet with PG&E staff to re-establish utility service to the house. Residents are also asked to
dispose of all perishable food in dumpsters placed in the neighborhood, according to the city. Increased garbage collection has been arranged.

A tagging system designates the condition of homes, San Bruno Community Development director Aaron Aknin said Saturday. Homes with green tags have are not damaged in any way and residents may be able to permanently reoccupy these homes.

Residents with yellow tags on their homes will be allowed to enter and retrieve items but they will not be permitted to stay, Aknin said. Homes with red tags are either destroyed or have major structural damage and must be demolished or undergo major reconstruction before being occupied.      

Residents who know their home is destroyed should not show up to the staging area. A meeting for “Devastated Home Owners” is 10 a.m. Monday at the San Bruno Senior Center, located at 1555 Crystal Springs Road.

A list of damaged homes and their condition along with additional information and updates are available at the city's website,
www.sanbruno.ca.gov.       

Assistance in Spanish is available by calling (415) 699-1885.

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