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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.

He said an additional estimated $6.66 million worth of public infrastructure, including streets, was destroyed in the explosion and fire, which killed four people and injured more than 50 others.

Matteucci said the damage estimates were rough assessments made by city building and planning officers as they walked through damaged or destroyed houses.

Thirty-seven homes have been destroyed, and 19 others have sustained substantial damage, city officials said.

PG&E, which owns the ruptured pipeline, has pledged up to $100 million to help the victims of the explosion and fire.

PG&E President Chris Johns said the company is planning to give up to $50,000 in “no strings attached” checks to households affected by the blast.

Saul Sugarman, Bay City News

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  • shorty

    Lessons to be learned from Katrina and the San Bruno Fire:

    We’re not ready for the overdue Big One.

    ABAG/Assn. of Bay Area Governments estimates 3 hundred billion/$300,000,000,000 damage after a big quake.We may never recover from that, like Katrina damaged New Orleans. Global and national economic impact,.everyone has a stake in this situation.

    1. San Bruno(and other towns): No water??? Where were the cisterns??? No tanker engines??? We’ve seen in Loma Prieta and now that you may have dry hydrants at the worst possible moment. What would have happened if water had been available sooner? Per 911 tapes “Water ETA 10 minutes” ; that could be lives and millions in damages, or an unstoppable fire. San Fran has cisterns at intersections . . . the big circles with paving stones instead of asphalt. Also, every house in earthquake zones should have a cistern(1500 gals?) If not for fire… for survival — you can’t help millions of people at once in the days after an earthquake. This is a shovel ready project, and a better investment than green tech !

    2. Big pay/pensions/early retirement for firemen and police = not enough firemen and police now, and getting worse in the future due to unfunded pension requirements……………………….. What do you do when the Big One hits and you can’t call for mutual aid because –every– town has fires…………………… It’s notable that a reporters car had to be commandeered to transport a victim to the hospital because there were not enough assets on site. Please … no dangerous job arguments … public safety jobs are not in the top 10 most dangerous jobs… maybe not in the top 15. Ever watch “Deadliest Catch”? Many of the top 10 dangerous jobs pay 30-40 k. If we paid by how dangerous a job was , cellphone tower workers would be getting paid 20x what a public safety worker earns. Remember who paid the price in this situation, and will in the future: civilians.

    3. How come we don’t have volunteer / auxiliary fire departments… and/or cross trained police-fire departments(like sunnyvale). Possibly we could use retired firefighters as the core of a reserve force? Or hire part-timers increase overall headcount … even a half-timer could make substantial money and be available for emergencies. Also some cities just give away old fire trucks……… maybe they ought to store them in the city corporation yard… just in case.

    4. Earthquake Retrofit is proceeding at a snails pace. . . except for Berkeley, which also has a foreign policy. Santa Clara is spending a billion dollars on a new football stadium and is dead last on retrofit . . . 2-3% per ABAG. Again this is a shovel ready project which is a more important investment than green tech llke window replacement and new appliances. It would also help the distressed construction industry.

    5. In general there’s a lot of money wasting going on instead of focusing on prepping for disasters. Like a 1/2 billion bart – oakland airport tram for a 3 mile trip? $170,000,000/per mile??? Coulda, woulda, shoulda doesn’t cut it… projects like this will will be reqretted in hindsight.

    We’re in pre-Katrina mode… predictions made but little action being taken to prevent a catastrophe.

    P.S. The hospitals are another problem……………………

    P.P.S. Firefighters that live out of the area ought to be fired.

  • shorty

    Lessons to be learned from Katrina and the San Bruno Fire:

    We’re not ready for the overdue Big One.

    ABAG/Assn. of Bay Area Governments estimates 3 hundred billion/$300,000,000,000 damage after a big quake.We may never recover from that, like Katrina damaged New Orleans. Global and national economic impact,.everyone has a stake in this situation.

    1. San Bruno(and other towns): No water??? Where were the cisterns??? No tanker engines??? We’ve seen in Loma Prieta and now that you may have dry hydrants at the worst possible moment. What would have happened if water had been available sooner? Per 911 tapes “Water ETA 10 minutes” ; that could be lives and millions in damages, or an unstoppable fire. San Fran has cisterns at intersections . . . the big circles with paving stones instead of asphalt. Also, every house in earthquake zones should have a cistern(1500 gals?) If not for fire… for survival — you can’t help millions of people at once in the days after an earthquake. This is a shovel ready project, and a better investment than green tech !

    2. Big pay/pensions/early retirement for firemen and police = not enough firemen and police now, and getting worse in the future due to unfunded pension requirements……………………….. What do you do when the Big One hits and you can’t call for mutual aid because –every– town has fires…………………… It’s notable that a reporters car had to be commandeered to transport a victim to the hospital because there were not enough assets on site. Please … no dangerous job arguments … public safety jobs are not in the top 10 most dangerous jobs… maybe not in the top 15. Ever watch “Deadliest Catch”? Many of the top 10 dangerous jobs pay 30-40 k. If we paid by how dangerous a job was , cellphone tower workers would be getting paid 20x what a public safety worker earns. Remember who paid the price in this situation, and will in the future: civilians.

    3. How come we don’t have volunteer / auxiliary fire departments… and/or cross trained police-fire departments(like sunnyvale). Possibly we could use retired firefighters as the core of a reserve force? Or hire part-timers increase overall headcount … even a half-timer could make substantial money and be available for emergencies. Also some cities just give away old fire trucks……… maybe they ought to store them in the city corporation yard… just in case.

    4. Earthquake Retrofit is proceeding at a snails pace. . . except for Berkeley, which also has a foreign policy. Santa Clara is spending a billion dollars on a new football stadium and is dead last on retrofit . . . 2-3% per ABAG. Again this is a shovel ready project which is a more important investment than green tech llke window replacement and new appliances. It would also help the distressed construction industry.

    5. In general there’s a lot of money wasting going on instead of focusing on prepping for disasters. Like a 1/2 billion bart – oakland airport tram for a 3 mile trip? $170,000,000/per mile??? Coulda, woulda, shoulda doesn’t cut it… projects like this will will be reqretted in hindsight.

    We’re in pre-Katrina mode… predictions made but little action being taken to prevent a catastrophe.

    P.S. The hospitals are another problem……………………

    P.P.S. Firefighters that live out of the area ought to be fired.