San Bruno scars remain for survivors, neighborhood

By GARANCE BURKE | September 5, 2011 | 10:25 AM EDT

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. A year after the explosion, the neighborhood and survivors of the tragedy are still struggling to rebuild. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — One year after the nation's deadliest gas explosion in a decade, hundreds of survivors in San Bruno, Calif., are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

Eight people were killed, dozens were injured and 38 homes overlooking San Francisco Bay were destroyed.

But there are signs of progress.

Construction signs have gone up on dozens of charred lots. Regulators have promised major safety upgrades. And after widespread criticism, utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has overhauled its leadership and vowed to set a new industry standard for safety.

But as Friday's anniversary approaches, many residents question why the company has not been fined for poor record-keeping leading up to the blast. They hope a report by federal investigators placing blame on those responsible will speed their path to justice.