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Disaster. Sept 9, 2010

San Bruno Disaster

We live in San Bruno, Ca – about 20 minutes from San Francisco.  Nothing much happens here.   But it did last night and it will live in our memories forever.  As I watered the garden last night at around 6pm, an eerie rumbling sound came over me.  It was like a plane was about to land on us.  I looked up and saw a huge fire ball erupt in the near distance and I ran inside to meet Mike and the kids and I screamed “fire ball”.  I thought it was coming towards us like a nuclear bomb.  I thought the world was ending right there.   I called 911, but it was busy.  And so began a very long night.  What they thought was a plane crash was said to be a gas station exploding up the hill – less than a mile from us.  But no, it was a gas line.  You could hear the gas roaring for hours.  The news didnt know what it was for a long time, but they were showing the devastation via helicopters.  This was just up the street.   We got calls to evacuate..  Then the entire neighborhood lost power.   We had a rough night of sleep not knowing what we would awake to find but we knew it wasnt going to be good.  And it isnt.  Lives have been lost and many homes leveled to the ground.  It is surreal and it reminds me of the images from Sept 11, 2001.  Except this time it was in my backyard.

We are fine.  But our hearts go out to the people of San Bruno who are affected by this nightmare.


7 responses

  1. Shirley Z

    Oh my God Emily! I am so glad you and your family are safe. I saw your e-mail on my cell phone but couldn’t pull it up. I was hoping everything was ok with Mike.
    That had to be so frightening for you.
    Sometimes, its reminders like this that just makes us realize how blessed we really are.
    Its so sad for all the people that were effected by it. I haven’t had the TV on all day so I had not heard about it yet.
    So happy you are safe.

    Shirley Z

    September 10, 2010 at 10:26 pm

  2. Shirley Z

    Just saw the story and pics on the news. How awful! I can’t imagine what you must have gone through. I’m sure you are still in shock by it all.
    You are all in my prayers tonight. I can’t imagine what the victims families must be going through.


    September 11, 2010 at 3:13 am

    • Shirley – thanks for checking in with us – it was such a scary thing to watch. It felt like we were in a war zone. We are much better this past weekend – celebrated 11 year of marriage! I hope you are doing well!

      September 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm

  3. Hi Emily,

    How awful! I am so happy that you and your family are safe though. I am sure that was a very scary situation.

    Please know that you and San Bruno are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Andrea Heitker

    September 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    • Andrea – thanks for checking in – we are getting over the shock of that day. I am starting to get the ball rolling on the melanoma event – most likely in mid November. I will let you know the details as soon as I have them! I would like to raffle off some of your shirts at the event so let me know how we can arrange that! Best, Em

      September 20, 2010 at 6:05 pm

  4. Christy Schoon

    I am so glad you and family are safe, Emils. You are right, we should all be thankful for what we have and cherish & celebrate those we love every day.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    • Thanks Shadey – we are doing much better now and appreciate all of our friends checking in on us! Hope you are doing well. XOXO

      September 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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