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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

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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" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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