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San Bruno Residents Begin Receiving Donation Checks

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A worker surveys a burned home near the epicenter of the gas line explosion that devastated a neighborhood in San Bruno. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A worker surveys a burned home near the epicenter of the gas line explosion that devastated a neighborhood in San Bruno. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN BRUNO (KCBS) – San Bruno residents affected by September’s natural gas explosion that claimed eight lives and destroyed dozens of homes finally began receiving their share of cash donations Wednesday.  Nearly 100 checks were available for pick-up at city hall beginning Wednesday.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

However, despite a public clamor to distribute the cash much sooner, the was no line to collect checks in the early hours Wednesday, with only two handed out first thing in the morning.

“$347,000 will be divided between the 99 properties,” said San Bruno Human Resources Dir Tami Yuki.

She said a total of $395,000 was donated to fire victims from people around the world, often bearing notes of condolence.

City Manager Connie Jackson said the amount of the checks depends on the severity of the losses.

“Some families are eligible for $1,000, some for $4,000 and some for $6,000,” said Jackson. “It’s all donated, unsolicited by the City of San Bruno. It all comes from people who wanted to help.”

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