SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Nearly seven days after an explosion rocked this normally sleepy neighborhood of San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, local residents are still cleaning up the pieces.
“I am very sad. Depressions. Sometimes I even want to commit suicide,” said Linda Wong.
Wong lives across from the house that exploded.
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On Wednesday, she attended a private meeting with city officials held for residents on her block.
The aim was to connect them to services and discuss what resources might be available to them in the future.
“The upper floor, the window, the ground floor, the garage door. Many doors are broken. Even the ceiling, some things fell down,” Wong said.
The explosion happened at Darron and Rita Price’s home, and investigators say a narcotics lab was operating inside.
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The blast killed Rita and seriously injured her caregiver, who managed to escape but is still recovering at a local hospital.
Now that the dust has settled, Price’s neighbors recognize the impact the blast had on them and say they hope Wednesday’s meeting will offer them real solutions.
“Right now, I hope the city can not only help us with empty words, but even raise some money,” Wong said.
Aside from financial help, many others tell us the damage is also mental and emotional.
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Some even say they want to feel safe again in their own homes.
“I think it was a big surprise to everyone that something like this could even happen,” said Daniel McMorrow.
But with several residents likely to be moving out of their homes over the next few months, they’ll be taking on any help they can get.
“The house is open at the moment. The house is open. The window is open. The door is open. It is very cold. It’s raining. So we can’t stay there,” Wong said.
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