San Bruno Resident Sues PG&E Over Gas Line Blast

September 23, 2010

The first in what could be many more potential lawsuits, a resident of the neighborhood evacuated by a deadly gas line explosion in San Bruno, Calif., is suing Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Steve Dare filed the lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court. He said the company should turn over a $100 million recovery fund for blast victims to a third party and pay other monetary damages.

The lawsuit claims PG&E could withhold funding or not follow through on its promise if the money is not placed in a court-supervised account.

PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno told the San Mateo Daily Journal he didn’t know if the company had been served yet, so he couldn’t comment on the lawsuit.

Dare rents a home that did not sustain damage in the fire, but was evacuated for three days.

The blast on Sept. 9 destroyed nearly 40 homes and claimed at least four lives.

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