The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the cause of the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, released more material yesterday related to PG&E’s response. The Chronicle and the Merc have stories up.

If you care to wade through additional testimony of PG&E employees who tried to grapple with the inferno, you can find it starting here. The first PG&E employee on the scene, Scott Robinson, describes how much trouble he had getting through to the company by phone in this transcript.

The NTSB also released this photo:

Photo: NTSB

Also, if you missed the release last month of home video of the inferno engulfing Earl Avenue, KGO put it up today. I was not on the job when the tragedy occurred and haven’t seen much of the footage from the fire, so forgive me when I describe the following as a vision of Hell:


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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