Community Honors Family Killed in San Bruno Blast

By Jessica Greene
|  Friday, Sep 24, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 AM PDT
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William Bullis with his father, Greg Billis. William, 17, had just started his senior year at Mills High School

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A community will come together Friday to mourn a family killed in their home during the San Bruno pipeline explosion.

Greg Bullis, 50, his 85-year-old mother, Lavonne, and his 17-year-old son, William, are among seven people killed when an underground natural gas pipeline ruptured and exploded on Sept. 9, igniting a fireball that ripped through the Crestmoor Canyon  neighborhood.

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The memorial will start at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame. After the church memorial, Mills High School, where William had just begun his senior year, will hold a reception. The school will also hand out ribbons to students to wear for the day in William's honor.

William was a quiet student who was well-liked, had an interest in culinary arts and was looking to pursue a career in the restaurant business, Mills High Principal Paul Belzer said.

The explosion in San Bruno destroyed 37 homes, killed seven people and injured 50. Crews will continue cleaning up the area where the disaster struck, spraying homes with water to help prevent hazardous dust and ash from spreading through the air. The cleanup is expected to last several weeks.

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