San Bruno Fire
Role: Video Journalist
When a PG&E gas blast caused a massive fire in 2010, just a stone's throw from my backyard, I documented it in this video. The video quickly ratcheted up to over a million views on Youtube and was covered at the San Francisco Chronicle. Later, a TV Show contacted me about talking about the experience, which I turned down but blogged about that here.
From the Blog:
At 6:30pm today, as far as I knew, a plane had crashed into my home in San Bruno. Michael and I heard that news from our landlord's panicked call as we were driving home from San Francisco, and for a long minute we were horrified until we realized it was clearly just a prank. (A rather mean prank). I felt huge relief at that thought, until Michael pointed out that our landlord Tina, had NEVER pranked us, in the two years we've lived at our first floor in-law. Our faces then turned back into horror, Michael stepped on the gas, I thought I might pass out and the smoke billowed over San Bruno hill, just tempting enough for us to nearly COLLIDE with another car, though Michael quickly adjusted his eyes to the road. We both screamed, an inner wail of, what if, it's true? What if I just lost every "thing" I own and the roof over my head?I pulled up SFGate on my phone but it had NO news. Then we were both like, DUH, twitter IS the breaking NEWS. Right? Of course, twitter requires some filtering. It had conflicting news. The fire was either caused by a plane, or it wasn't caused by a plane. I refreshed and CBS5 had tweeted, it is NOT a plane. (And it turns out a natural gas line ruptured.) I navigated to their site and found the exact streets where the fire is.