Gas Pipeline Explosion Sparked A Catastrophic Fire. Did you suffer damages from the massive gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California? The September 9, 2010 rupture of a Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) natural gas transmission line sparked a catastrophic fire that left an unknown number of people dead and destroyed dozens of homes. Our California gas pipeline explosion lawyers are already investigating the San Bruno blast, and intend to hold all responsible parties accountable for the damage and misery caused by this disaster.Our California gas pipeline explosion lawyers are offering free consultations to victims of the San Bruno blast. If you or a loved one were injured in this explosion, or you sustained property damage, we urge you to contact one of our California gas pipeline explosion lawyers today to protect your legal rights.
San Bruno, California Gas Pipeline Explosion and Fire
The California gas pipeline explosion occurred on September 9, around 6:00 p.m. local time. People living nearby reported that the loud boom produced by the blast led them to believe that an earthquake or airplane crash had occurred in the neighborhood.
A PG&E spokesman said that the company’s gas transmission line ruptured, leading to the blaze. It is not known what caused the rupture.
The blast sent concrete flying, and the heat from the flames melted tail lights on cars blocks away from the blaze. It eventually spread to 10 acres and was 50 percent contained late Thursday. Between 150 and 200 firefighters remained at the scene through the night. The fire destroyed the grid of water mains that supplied the local fire hydrants, leaving firefighters without water to fight the blaze. They were forced to pump water from more than two miles away.
By the following morning, at least six people were known to have died in the blast. Not all residents of the affected neighborhoods had been accounted for, though it was known that about 100 had evacuated to shelters. The search for additional victims had been hampered by persistent flames.
Local hospitals reported that at least 28 people were being treated for injuries from the fire, some with critical burn injuries. At least 53 homes had been destroyed in the inferno, and around 170 more had sustained damage.
By the following morning, some were beginning to question PG&E’s role in the explosion. One person living near the blast site told local TV station KRON that people living in the area had smelled natural gas in the three weeks prior to the blast. This individual also said that PG&E had investigated the odors, but nothing was done. A PG&E spokesperson would not confirm this account when asked about it by a CNN reporter.