Fire chief: High-pressure gas line blast caused massive fire torching homes near San Francisco

By Trevor Hunnicutt, AP
Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fire chief: Gas line blast caused massive CA fire

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — A local fire chief says a gas line explosion likely caused the massive fire burning homes in a residential neighborhood south of San Francisco.

San Bruno Fire Chief Dennis Haag tells KPIX-TV that he believes a high-pressure gas line blew just after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman J.D. Guidi says the utility company is looking into the possibility of a natural gas explosion, but he has no further details.

Live television footage showed more than a dozen homes destroyed, with flames reaching as high as 60 feet in the air as the fire incinerated everything in its path.

A person who answered the phone at Seton Medical Center in nearby Daly City says the hospital is on a triage alert as the injured are brought in.

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