San Bruno Fire-PUC Turns Up Heat On PG&E
California utility regulators are turning up the heat on PG&E over the safety of their 5,700 miles of gas line one week after a section of pipeline exploded creating a firestorm that killed 6 and injured 52 San Bruno residents and damaged or completely destroyed at least 45 homes.
The explosion and accompanying fireball occurred near the intersection of Glenview Drive and Earl Avenue. The explosion and the heat from the fire was so intense it could be heard and felt by residents as far away as one-half mile.
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NTSB Looking For Source Of Blast
The NTSB announced Saturday at a press conference that they have taken the lead in the investigation into the source of the devastating blast. The NTSB said they believe the investigation into the cause of the Santa Rosa fire will take as long as 14 months to complete.
A 28 foot section of the damaged PG&E gas line has already been removed and is on its way to Washington D.C. where it will undergo testing to determine what may have caused the explosion.
There have been unsubstantiated reports of residents in the area smelling and reporting natural gas leaks prior to the eruption but according to NTSB and PG&E, no records of residents reporting gas odors before the blast have be uncovered.
NTSB investigators are asking any residents who may have smelled gas in the area and made a report to PG&E to please come forward. PG&E has been ordered by state regulators to inspect all of their gas pipelines for leaks especially in populous neighborhoods like San Bruno.
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San Bruno Fire Victims Face Tough Recovery
According to Dr. Michael Kulick, M.D. all of the burn victims are in critical condition. Four of the burn victims are in the Bothin Burn Center at St. Francis Hospital, one of the most advanced acute care centers for burn victims in the U.S.
The victims of the San Bruno fire face an extremely difficult future. They are currently breathing through a tube, they are taking fluids intravenously, and their vital signs are stable.
They will soon have destroyed tissue that was burned by fire, removed and replaced with new skin that will be grafted into the burned areas of their bodies. These procedures can take up to two years to complete.
“It’s a terrible tragedy, it’s the sort of thing that probably should never have happened,” said Paul Oleksa, a pipeline safety consultant.
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