Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado says four people have died in the gas line explosion in San Bruno, Calif. At mid-morning, he said the blaze had cover 15 acres and was 75% contained. Maldonado said 52 people have been hospitalized in the blaze, three in critical condition. Earlier, San Bruno Fire Captain Charlie Barringer put the death toll at 6, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Update at 10:10 a.m. ET: County coroner confirms 4 dead, the AP reports.
Update at 8:23 a.m. ET: The San Francisco Chronicle says at least 20 people have been injured and reports that the fire destroyed 53 homes and damaged 120 more. The newspaper says the fire raged "unabated" for almost an hour as emergency crews rushed in an residents streamed out.
Fire crews tried to douse the remnants of an enormous blaze and account for the residents of dozens of homes Friday after a gas line ruptured and an explosion ripped through in a neighborhood near San Francisco, killing at least four people.
Crews with dogs went house to house in the neighborhood near San Francisco and officials said there could be more casualties from the Thursday evening blast. Homes were left with just chimneys standing and smoke still rose from blocks of smoldering wreckage. San Bruno Fire Chief Dennis Haag said Friday afternoon a quarter of the homes are still too hot to search.
Police are blocking people from approaching the burn area, telling them it's being treated as a crime scene.
"It was pretty devastating," Haag said. "It looks like a moonscape in some areas."
At least 50 people were hurt, with eight in critical condition at area hospitals. The explosion that left a giant crater and sent flames tearing through the middle-class neighborhood of 1960s-era homes in hills overlooking San Francisco, the bay and the airport. - yahoo
As homes still smoldered in a San Bruno neighborhood after a gas line ruptured and sparked a massive inferno Thursday, residents in the area said they had complained about a gas smell for weeks.
via PG&E Investigating Complaints of Gas Smell in San Bruno | NBC Bay Area.
Tragic. I had a dream as a kid of little fires leaping up all over the place out of the ground in an ordinary neighborhood like this. I hope this was only a PG&E line that ruptured. That would be something we can fix. If huge bubbles of methane start to surface all over the place, however ...