September 11th, 2010
04:17 PM ET

Senator demands answers in California blaze

California Sen. Barbara Boxer demanded answers Saturday to questions about why a gas transmission line ruptured in a suburban San Francisco town, triggering a massive fire that killed four people and left two people still unaccounted for.

Accompanied by state and federal officials, the Democratic senator toured blocks of the charred neighborhood in San Bruno that now looks like a war zone.

She saw firsthand the intensely hot fire's wrath: melted cars, burned out skeletons of houses. At a news conference later, she said it was hard to put into words how a beautiful neighborhood almost disappeared.


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  1. La Piovra

    Somebody is going to use this as an excuse to say something vicious about Senator Boxer. Ten bucks to a rotten orange, they'll say that she, with the help of Al Khaeda, personally did it (with the President's consent, too).

    September 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thetruth

    No. I'm sure George Bush or Glenn Beck or possibly even that evil Sarah Palin caused it. They are the cause of everything else! Give me a break!

    September 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. La Piovra

    Nobody seriously thinks that either Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck would be up to the job.

    September 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thetruth

    Nor Boxer and as has been proven over the last 18 months-Obama!

    September 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sarah


    September 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George Luostari

    What gives her the right, simply by virtue of being a Senator, to demand answers over this very unfortunate incident. I, as a fellow American, demand answers over why the U.S. Senate is acting with such disregard for the American people. Boxer, get off your high horse – being a Senator does not put you in a position of "power almighty"; you need to focus on the work in Congress on behalf of the American people. Shame on you for sounding off on the PG& incident.

    September 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alan

    Cause of gas explosion? On Google maps, not Google Earth, look at the intersection of Glenview and Earl. It is easy to see that a short time before the photo was taken that there was excavation on Earl Dr, probably to install a new sewer line. At the end of Earl, in the middle of Glenview there is a 6-8 foot square excavation, very close to the gas line. The new sewer line that was installed passed over the gas line to the square excavation, which is probably a junction box. Was it possible that the gas line was damaged during this excavation and never reported to PG&E?

    September 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. flaming

    is this the only way to get attention to your city or neighborhood?

    September 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. La Piovra

    When something goes this haywire in a community, it is the business of every official whose district it is to find out how and why, and to take measures to relieve the damage and see it doesn't happen again. If our town got turned into Crater Lake like that, we would be screaming for our Senators, our congressman, our Governor, our state legislature... you name it. As to the competence of Senator Boxer I cannot speak, having left California for the bonny bay of Biscayne-O quite a few years ago, but she is your senator, and she is doing her duty. Oh, and I am not Obama, but thanks for the complement.

    September 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tricky

    Isn't Boxer up for re-election this year? Now is NOT the time to make an as* of herself. To make demands on PG&E for answers? Isn't PG&E working with the NTSB on the cause? Doesn't everyone see the ruptured pipe in the street along side the huge hole? II am not a professional when it comes to Gas Transmission Lines, but apparently something caused this pipe to rupture and explode. The President of PG&E said Thursday night that they were cooperating with the NTSB and that the pipe was installed in 1948.

    September 12, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    good....large corporations need to be held accountable....especially PG&E

    September 12, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |