San Bruno Fire's Death Toll Mounts

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As smoke rises from the devastated chunk of San Bruno, the death toll stands at four, with four more residents still unaccounted for.

The dead are also now more than mere statistics -- there's student Jessica Morales. And, in a grim coincidence, one of the victims was Jacqueline Greig -- A California Public Utilities Commission employee whose job was evaluating PG&E proposals to replace outdated gas pipes. Greig's 13-year-old daughter, Janessa, also perished in the explosion and fire. The identity of the fourth victim has not yet been released.

Meanwhile, PG&E continues to be faced with difficult questions in the wake of the rupture and explosion of one of its gas pipelines -- and has been ordered by the state to inspect each and every pipeline in California.

The company continues to insist it did not receive calls complaining of a gas odor in the neighborhood despite multiple accounts of just that from area residents.

The integrity of PG&E's piping has been called into question by internal documents obtained by multiple news agencies. In them, the utility provider in 2007 describes the failure risk of a section of the pipe 2.8 miles north of the explosion to be "unacceptably high."

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