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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Massive Explosion Burns San Bruno Neighborhood (PICS)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

click to enlarge The view of the fire from San Francisco's McLaren Park - WIGGS
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  • The view of the fire from San Francisco's McLaren Park
A thunderous blast instantly scorched at least 20 San Bruno homes, and ignited a conflagration that has consumed an entire neighborhood.

Flames are still raging in San Mateo County, hours after the 6 p.m. blast. Initial rumors blamed a plane crash but neighborhood residents  -- near Skyline and Sneath, west of I-280 --are now telling media that a gas odor has pervaded the area for days, or even weeks.

At least 15 people have been transported to local hospitals for treatment -- some wearing the only clothes they have left. It is not known how many people have died.

Update, 10:45: PG&E has confirmed that one of its subterranean gas pipes ruptured and subsequently exploded. The latest numbers from KCBS radio -- One confirmed fatality and reports of bodies found in several other devastated homes; at least two dozen injuries; and a minimum of 53 homes destroyed.

Also, at least one count of a moron pretending to be a PG&E employee and punking KRON:



click to enlarge The view of the fire from San Francisco's McLaren Park - WIGGS
  • Wiggs
  • The view of the fire from San Francisco's McLaren Park
click to enlarge The view of the fire from San Francisco's McLaren Park - WIGGS
  • Wiggs
  • The view of the fire from San Francisco's McLaren Park

The noxious smell of smoke and burned wood can be detected even a ways from the burned area; your humble narrator got a lungful of it at San Francisco Airport just a few minutes ago. 


click to enlarge The view of the fire from San Francisco's McLaren Park
  • The view of the fire from San Francisco's McLaren Park

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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