tragedy at home

September 9, 2010
Earlier tonight I was at my sister's house helping out with my nieces and my brother-in-law came and said that there was just an explosion. We turned on the news and two houses in San Bruno, 10 minutes from where I live, were on fire. The fire was enormous- at least "100 feet in the air." At first no one knew what happened and a lot of people thought a plane had crashed. Thankfully it wasn't a crash, but instead a PG & E gas line ruptured. I'm not sure what's worse. The city called for 25 fire engines for help and has declared a state of emergency. It's now several hours later and the fires have spread and consumed at least 53 houses and damaged at least 120 others. One person has died. Tons of others have 3rd degree burns. I used to go to church up the street from where this happened and it's just so heartbreaking and unbelievable. Nothing like this has ever been so real or so close to my everyday life. So many homes lost. I'm just praying and hoping for comfort for all of the families effected.

Don't take anything- not even a single moment- for granted.

all info via local news and sfist.

16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness.... I can't believe that. I'm glad that you and your loved ones are okay, but Jesus, that's scary...

    I'm sending you a big hug from across the bay right now...!

    ReplyDelete
  2. ohhhh No! I heard of this earlier today and then I saw it on the news.. I'm so sad and you're absolutely right, we should never take any moments for granted. Sending you some virtual Love

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh my God... that's devastating news :(

    ReplyDelete
  4. i just saw on the news that the fire ball was at least 1000 feet in the air...

    ReplyDelete
  5. oh, I saw this on the news last night!! I didn't know where San Bruno was though. It is so tragic, my prayers go out to you and your loved ones nearby, and everyone going through this. *hug*

    ReplyDelete
  6. awe man. i am sorry to hear this. especially about that one person dying. it must be really sad for their family.

    *i have to agree with your end quote. i live as though today is your last day because you never know.

    ReplyDelete
  7. i heard about this morning! it is so so horrible! i hope they can put out the fire soon, i know it is still burning!

    xo,
    cb

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh wow I saw this on the news this morning. Awful news but at least you are safe.

    ReplyDelete
  9. prayers for all those in san bruno... <3

    ReplyDelete
  10. i'm in northern califonia as well and was sad to wake in this tragedy. your sentiment expressed my thoughts exactly. my prayers are out to those as well.

    ReplyDelete
  11. How awful. I just read that the death toll is 4 now. I'll be praying for the people affected by this. I can't even imagine...

    ReplyDelete
  12. Yeah I woke up to the new count this morning. So awful and sad.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I saw this on the news - it looks absolutely horrifying. My thoughts are with all those affected as well.

    ReplyDelete
  14. my heart is breaking for everyone affected. i was so shocked when i saw this on tv. it's just absolutely terrifying and beyond scary. i'm sending so many prayers. <3

    ReplyDelete
  15. We are definitely keeping the families affected by the fire in our prayers! I'm so glad you and your family were not harmed.

    ReplyDelete