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Families slowly moving back after gas pipe blast

Posted: May 14, 2012 3:30 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2012 3:30 p.m.

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - Officials are welcoming families back to a Northern California neighborhood destroyed by a 2010 gas pipeline explosion.

The San Mateo County Times reports ( ) that two of 38 families who lost homes in San Bruno have returned, and that 26 others are in various stages of rebuilding.

City officials on Monday planned to mark the occasion with a 6:30 p.m. ceremony.

Eight people died on Sept. 9, 2010 when a fireball from a broken Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pipeline consumed homes and cars.

Teddy Bernardo's family was the first to move back, and he said the others returning is helping bring the silent neighborhood back to life.

Still, his 8-year-old daughter is afraid to sleep alone in her new bedroom because it overlooks the spot where the pipe exploded.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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