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Tragic explosion in San Bruno – VIDEO

San Bruno gas explosion kills at least 1, damages hundreds of homes

Residents of the affected area are being asked to report in person or via phone – (650) 616-7180 – to confirm they are safe.

UPDATE 00.10 State of emergency declared in #SanBruno, California

UPDATE 23.35 PST The City of #SanBruno needs people to report in from the affected area. The hot line # is 650-616-7180

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UPDATE: 23.11 PST Approximately 27 burns victims from #SanBruno fire. Several remain critical. Next 48 hours crucial for burns victims.

UPDATE: 22:59 PDT — San Bruno officials are asking residents of the affected area to report in person or by phone to (650) 616-7180 or (888) 443-5722.

Reports from the site of the explosion say a massive crater has been left behind.
UPDATE: 21:37 PDT — PG&E is now acknowledging that one of its gas transmission lines was involved in tonight’s incident, though the company says that “a cause has yet to be determined.”

UPDATE: 21:31 PDT — Reports say at least one fatality was caused by the explosion and fire.

UPDATE: 21:09 PDT — Emergency radio traffic is reporting that several new fires are beginning to start in new locations in the Crestwood area of San Bruno.

Kaiser South San Francisco said that they were treating 15 patients. Two patients with major burns are being treated at San Francisco General Hospital. Saint Francis Memorial Medical Center in San Francisco is also treating two patients, according to hospital staff. Seton Medical Center and Mills Peninsula hospital were also treating an unknown number of patients.

The Blood Centers of the Pacific have also issued an emergency request for blood donations.

UPDATE: 20:28 PDT — Officials estimate that at least 30 homes are burning or have been destroyed in a massive explosion and six-alarm fire that continues to burn in the Crestwood Area of San Bruno right now.

Voluntary evacuations have been ordered for streets surrounding the explosion site. An evacuation center has been set-up for displaced residents at the Veterans Recreation Center at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno.

PG&E reports a large power outage for more than 5,000 customers in San Bruno. According to published reports, local hospitals including the South San Francisco Kaiser Hospital and Seton Medical Center are treating “numerous” patients for injuries from the explosion and fire.
Emergency Evacuation Shelter
San Bruno Veterans Center
251 City Park Way
(650) 616-7180

UPDATE 20:00 PDT — Firefighters throughout the Bay Area including 50 from Alameda County have been asked to provide mutual aid for the San Bruno fire and explosion.

A Pacific Gas and Electric spokesperson said crews were identifying and attempting to shut off a natural gas line believed to have triggered the explosion and fire, although officials have not yet officially pinpointed a cause.

At 8:00 p.m., television news helicopter footage showed several dozen homes on fire and air dropping helicopters and aircraft dumping retardant and water on many properties.
UPDATE 19:43 PDT – The San Bruno Senior Center at 1555 Crystal Springs Road has been established as a evacuation center for people who have been displaced by the fire.

The six-alarm fire is still burning in the neighborhood as of 7:43 p.m., and evacuations have been ordered for many surrounding streets neighboring the explosion site.

The San Bruno Police Department is asking the public to stay away from the area because of safety and access issues for emergency personnel.
UPDATE 19:34 PDT – Multiple patients have been admitted to several area hospitals in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties with severe burns resulting from the explosion. Cal Fire has ordered 100 firefighters to respond to the scene to help calm the flames, which experts said appear to be caused by natural gas from an underground pipeline.

Authorities and PG&E have not confirmed the information.

At least a dozen homes continued to burn out of control in the area of Sneath Lane and Skyline Blvd. The California Highway Patrol has closed northbound traffic on Highway 280 at Skyline Blvd. because the fire.
UPDATE 19:15 PDT – Firefighting experts say that the fire appears to be consistent with a natural gas explosion. Authorities have not yet said what caused the explosion and subsequent 6-alarm fire that continues to burn at least a dozen strucutures.

Fire retardant dropping planes from CalFire have been brought in to douse some of the flames. Authorities have not yet released information about injuries or possible fatalities from the explosion.
UPDATE 19:01 PDT — At least a dozen homes are on fire near Earl Ave. & Glenview Dr. in San Bruno after a large explosion and six-alarm fire burning out of control now. Hundreds of emergency personnel from San Mateo County are responding to the area.

Neighbors report that the explosion happened after a plane in distress crashed into their neighborhood.

San Francisco International Airport officials said that all of their commercial flights were accounted for, and that they did not believe the incident was caused by a flight taking off or bound for SFO. A spokesperson for the FAA said he did not believe the incident was caused by a plane crash.

(9/9) — 18:35 PDT — SAN MATEO COUNTY — A large explosion and five-alarm fire is burning near West San Bruno Ave. and Skyline Blvd. in San Bruno right now, according to the San Bruno Fire Dept.

Witnesses who live in the area report that several structures are on fire, and that the fire was preceded by a large explosion reported at 6:12 p.m.

Television news helicopter footage showed at least a dozen homes fully engulfed by flames. Firefighters were in process of evacuating residents from the neighborhood. Heavy smoke was seen pouring out of the neighborhood, sandwiched between Highway 280 to the east and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to the west.

Initial reports which authorities have not yet confirmed was that there was an aircraft that crashed into the area. Multiple emergency response agencies from around San Mateo County are responding to the incident.


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