Feds: Sacramento Suburb Should Have Been Evacuated

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (AP) - A federal official investigating a
deadly home explosion in a Sacramento suburb says the neighborhood
should have been evacuated before the blast.

A gas leak was reported in the Rancho Cordova neighborhood, and
a Pacific Gas & Electric worker was at the scene when the home
exploded on Christmas Eve.

Karl Gunther, who is investigating the blast for the National
Transportation Safety Board, said Monday if someone can smell gas,
the entire neighborhood is typically evacuated.

PG&E has said an evacuation was not warranted.

The blast killed 72-year-old Wilbert "Bill" Paana. Paana's daughter, 44-year-old Kim Dickson, and her 17-year-old daughter, Sunny Dickson, were critically injured.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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