San Bruno Pipeline Explosion: Death Toll Grows to 8; Investigations Underway

09/29/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

San Bruno, CA—The massive natural gas pipeline explosion that tore apart a neighborhood in the hills south of San Francisco, has claimed its eight victim. The explosion, and subsequent fire, which destroyed 37 homes and damaged another 120 residences, occurred on Thursday, September 9, 2010, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The San Mateo County coroner’s officer stated on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, that James Emil Franco, 58, a victim of the explosion, passed away on Monday morning at UCSF Medical Center. Franco was being treated for serious injuries as a result of the fire.

The city’s mayor, James Ruane said in a testimony prior to Franco’s death that four people were still hospitalized in critical condition. A total of 66 people were injured in the blast.

As previously reported in, “San Francisco Explosion: 54 Homes Destroyed, 39 Injured when Gas Line Ruptured,” The explosion sent flames flying into the air, which caught nearby homes on fire. The fire continued to roar as the burning homes and parked automobiles fueled the fire.

California Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado declared a state of emergency in San Mateo County.

A full investigation into the natural gas explosion is underway.

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