When a gas line exploded into a towering inferno, the city manager, mayor, police and fire chief mobilized swiftly to get residents out and soothe the community's grief and fear.
San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane started his day with a double funeral, helping lay to rest a woman and her daughter killed by the explosion and fire that tore through a hilly neighborhood eight days earlier. He would end the day with an evening vigil for a third victim, cut down in her youth.
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