UCSF Blood Center Accepting Donations for San Bruno Fire Victims

In response to the San Bruno fire and its victims, the UCSF Blood Center is accepting blood donations in the Millberry Union on the UCSF Parnassus campus.

The blood center is located at 500 Parnassus Ave., Level I, Room MU 09.
The center’s Mobile Van also will accept blood donations today in front of Millberry Union on Parnassus Avenue.

All UCSF employees and students are encouraged to donate, especially those with type O-negative or O-positive blood. If the number of donors today exceeds capacity, appointments will be scheduled for future donations. 

For more information about giving blood, please contact the UCSF Blood Center at 415/353-1809.

So far, at least four deaths and several injuries have been reported and dozens of homes have been destroyed or damaged from the massive explosion and fire that erupted at 6:24 p.m. on Thursday. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.  Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials have said that a natural gas pipeline ruptured.

Dozens of people were treated at area hospitals including Mills Peninsula Hospital, the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital, Kaiser in South San Francisco, Seaton Medical Center and St. Francis.

UCSF Human Resources representatives at both the medical center and campus are working to identify UCSF employees who may be potentially impacted by the San Bruno fire. UCSF will offer employee assistance and support to those who need it, according to Mike Tyburski, director of Human Resources.

Related Links:

San Bruno explosion toll rises to 4, SF
Gate, September 10, 2010

Massive explosion, fire destroys dozens of homes, KGO TV