REDWOOD CITY — The natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes in San Bruno was Pacific Gas and Electric’s fault, a class-action lawsuit claims.
San Bruno resident Daniele DiTrapani filed the suit in San Mateo County Superior Court and is seeking unspecified damages for himself and others like him.
Echoing a suit filed Sept. 17 by another San Bruno resident, this complaint seeks to force PG&E to turn over control of the $100 million victims fund to an independent body.
The suit is the second class action brought against PG&E in the wake of the blast. It claims the utility was negligent, and either its actions or inaction caused the pipe to blow up. The complaint says residents of the neighborhood have been “contaminated by debris, ash (and) toxins” as a result of the blast and subsequent fire.
The suit notes that it’s not clear how long the cleanup process will take and when the city will be able to return to “a normal state.” The suit claims the cost of responding to the disaster and cleaning it up will cost more than $10 million. The effort just to remove the debris is expected to cost up to $2 million.
PG&E said it has yet to see the suit, which was filed Sept. 29.
“Our focus continues to be on helping the San Bruno community recover from this tragedy,” PG&E spokeswoman Katie Romans said.
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