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PG&E sharply questioned at hearing on San Bruno explosion

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Kirk Johnson, vice president of gas operations at PG&E, spoke at the hearing
PHOTO BY REBECCA BOWE


Yet whatever regulatory changes come into play will hardly matter for those San Bruno residents whose lives were permanently altered by the loss of family members. James Ruigomez, a resident who testified at the hearing, told legislators that his son's girlfriend, Jessica Morales, had just settled down to watch a football game with his son Joe Ruigomez on the night of the explosion. Morales died in the blaze and Joe is still recovering in the hospital.

The tragedy filled James Ruigomez with guilt and sorrow, he said — but also anger. "Extreme anger," he added, "knowing that this possibly could've been prevented."