September 13th, 2010
04:13 PM ET

Utility pledges money for California suburb

California utility Pacific Gas and Electric will set aside up to $100 million to help rebuild parts of the San Francisco suburb ravaged by a deadly gas explosion last week, the company's president said Monday.

The money includes payments of up to $50,000 per household for interim living expenses and money to compensate the city for San Bruno for the costs it incurred since Thursday night's pipeline explosion and fire, PG&E President Chris Johns told reporters. Other funds will help the city rebuild things like parks and sidewalks, he said.

"I realize money can't return lives, can't heal scars and can't replace memories. Some of the things that have been lost, you can't put a value to," Johns said. "But there does come a time for healing and for rebuilding, and we are committed to helping that happen."

The fire began when a gas transmission line ruptured in San Bruno, near San Francisco International Airport. The blast blew in the doors of a grocery store a quarter-mile (400 meters) away, and the explosion and resulting fire killed at least four people, injured 52 others and destroyed 37 homes.

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  1. Maureen Borinski

    Why would anybody be surprised this has happened?? If you are having constant movement of the earth, ie:earthquakes, why would you be surprised there would be rutures?? I mean, isn't it kind of commonsense? It's such a sad event, but one would think somebody would have seen it coming!!

    September 14, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. philipe12

    Oh, I thought ENRON was offering....

    September 14, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. philipe12

    Natural gas pipeline ruptures really are not at all uncommon. The vast majority of the lines simply aren't near cities, so if people aren't killed the story doesn't make the front page.

    September 14, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. philipe12

    Investigate to see if negligence was involved before taking PGand E's hush money.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. God

    I cannot reward people that turn their back on me....California...take notice America.

    September 15, 2010 at 3:31 am | Report abuse | Reply

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