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Early this morning I drove through a fog bank that smelled like wet, burnt wood. Turns out, it wasn’t a fog bank…

At least six people were killed when a gas pipeline exploded and set off a fire that engulfed a neighborhood near San Francisco.

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Footage of gas fire -San Bruno, Ca., posted with vodpod

I salute our local firefighters.

The story is here, Four confirmed dead in San Bruno explosion and fire.

“The blast has destroyed 53 homes and damaged 120 more, authorities said. The fire destroyed 15 acres and has been 75 percent contained.”

For those who would like to help, donations to the Red Cross can be made here.

Sometimes.. I guess.. it takes something close to home like this to get me thinking. These people’s lives have been changed forever. I find it .. humbling.

September 10, 2010 - Posted by | News


  1. Hey TP,

    “But for the grace of God; there go I”

    Having once almost perished in a house fire myself; Humbling is the word; and yes our firefighters are indeed heroes!!

    Good for you; using your site for the greater good.





    Comment by BOB SLYKER | September 10, 2010 | Reply

      Glad you’re still with us!


      Comment by techpaul | September 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. The news is saying the 30″ pipe was +60 years old and only 3ft under the street, anyone think it was made to be in the soil and last that long? The inner structure of our country sucks, too much of it are accidents waiting to happen. What a shame this happened, glad luck was on your side.


    Comment by MikeyK | September 10, 2010 | Reply

    • MikeyK,
      I am afraid that your concerns about our “infrastructure” are quite .. valid.

      There have been historical instances of combining the concept of “put the people back to work” programs, with “needed construction projects” (I’m thinking FDR’s electrification, levee’s, CCC and TVA).. but I’m also afraid it seems we humans tend to prefer to look to tomorrow’s quick buck than History for lessons. So… I don’t see the “decay” being “fixed” any time soon.. Just my 2¢.


      Comment by techpaul | September 10, 2010 | Reply

    • G’day All,
      – try a search ‘firefighter brown out’
      & prepare to be dismayed/shocked,etc
      eg.,’ the city of Philadelphia started a “brownout” policy of closing some fire companies on a rotating basis.’
      WTH is going on? there’s zillions spent on invading countries in the name of democracy& zilch for the homeland that is being consumed by fire&floods.


      Comment by dar | September 13, 2010 | Reply

      • dar,
        Governments and organizations and just-plain-folks are being forced to make budget cutbacks and do “belt tightening” pretty much everywhere. I have confidence that the city of Philadelphia thought long and hard and carefully before making a reduction in emergency services..
        But this is a computer and gizmo tips and advice site, so let’s drop this. The only reason I posted this article was because I had an emotional reaction for the victims, and it was a bit of a wake-up call to me.


        Comment by techpaul | September 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. What a tragedy. And with the current state of our infrastructure, I fear there could be much more tragedy to come.


    Comment by IzaakMak | September 10, 2010 | Reply

    • IzaakMak,
      When a community is faced with a large, and unpleasant task, I think it is time to band together, roll up your sleeves, and work as a team — as exemplified by an Amish barn raising — to get the job done.

      Is there a job to done? I think so.
      I hope some civil engineer(s) will chime in with some RL observations for us.


      Comment by techpaul | September 11, 2010 | Reply

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