The Numbers

  • Eight confirmed deaths
  • 15 acres burned
  • 37 homes destroyed, eight damaged


See images from the Crestmoor neighborhood.

Emergency Information

  • Donations: The Red Cross is accepting monetary donations at the Bay Area Chapter. The Salvation is accepting donations of clothing and furniture at six locations in the Bay Area. To donate your time, visit California Volunteers.
  • Emergency Hotline: San Bruno residents should contact the emergency hotline (650) 616-7180 or check in at one of the shelters. Check in or find friends and family at
  • Red Cross Shelters: Veterans Memorial Recreation Center and Church of the Highlands.
  • Counseling: Capuchino High School is open to help support local students.

  • Blood Donations: Current supplies are sufficient but more may is needed. Contact The Blood Center of the Pacific (888) 393.4483 or to find a center near you.

Map of Local Resources

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Find shelters, hospitals and the fire area on a map.

Resrouces for Returning Residents

  • Spanish language counseling: (415) 699-1885
  • Building inspection: (650) 616-7074
  • Contractors state license board: (800) 321-2752
  • Insurance board: (800) 927-4357
  • Defense attorney's office (call if you suspect scam artists): (650) 363-4636

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The San Bruno Explosion: 5 Years Later

Five years ago a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno. The resulting fireball destroyed a neighborhood and killed eight people. PG&E, the owner of the pipeline, faces hundreds of lawsuits, a $1.6 billion penalty and more than two dozen criminal charges for negligence. An effort to block PG&E from claiming a $115 million tax break for the penalty failed on Thursday. We'll look at San Bruno's recovery efforts, how the explosion served as a wake-up call for pipeline safety, and learn about a KQED investigation into the cozy relationship between PG&E and its regulators.

The California Report | Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014, 8:50 AM

PG&E Fined $1.4 Billion for San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

The state's largest utility, PG&E faces $1.4 billion in new fines for the 2010 gas pipeline disaster that killed eight people in San Bruno. The fine by administrative law judges for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is the agency's largest safety-related penalty ever. But some state and city officials feel the fine is too low.

Forum | Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014, 9:00 AM

PG&E Hit With Federal Felony Charges in San Bruno Explosion

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted PG&E on 16 new counts in connection with the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010, including a charge of obstructing justice. The new indictments, which will be added to the original 12 charges in April, come one day after San Bruno officials accused PG&E and its regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), of overly friendly, "cozy" e-mail communications and asked that the head of the CPUC be removed.

The California Report | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014, 8:50 AM

San Bruno Officials: E-mails Prove Collusion Between PG&E, Regulator

The state agency in charge of regulating utilities is defending itself against charges its top leadership is way too friendly with the biggest utility it regulates: PG&E. San Bruno city officials have been combing through e-mails they sued to gain access to as they follow up on a pipeline explosion that killed eight people and they destroyed 38 homes in 2010. They claim they've found damning evidence of illegal collusion between the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and PG&E.

The California Report | Thursday, Jun 06, 2013, 8:50 AM

CPUC Lawyers, Managers at Odds Over PG&E Penalty

Friday is the deadline for the California Public Utilities Commission to recommend what penalties Pacific Gas and Electric should pay for the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. That disaster killed eight people and leveled 38 homes south of San Francisco. But days before the deadline, four lawyers examining the case removed themselves from the assignment. San Bruno officials are calling for Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate.

Forum | Tuesday, May 07, 2013, 9:00 AM

$2.25 Billion PG&E Fine Proposed for San Bruno Explosion

California regulators want to penalize PG&E $2.25 billion for the 2010 San Bruno gas line explosion that killed eight people and injured 66. California Public Utility Commission staff recommended the hefty fine, which would be the largest penalty ever brought by a state regulator in the U.S., citing the severity of the damage and PG&E's "reprehensible" failures. Forum discusses the proposed penalty and what has changed since the deadly blast.

The California Report | Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012, 8:50 AM

Who Will Pay for Pipeline Safety Upgrades?

After the 2010 natural gas explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, state regulators ordered utilities to upgrade their pipelines. Pacific Gas & Electric is first up in a series of hearings with the California Public Utilities Commission to go over the details of how to proceed -- and how to pay for the work.

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NTSB Pins Blame on PG&E, Regulators for San Bruno Explosion

This morning the National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on last year's deadly San Bruno gas explosion.

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One Year After San Bruno, Is PG&E's Pipeline System Safer?

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed a neighborhood. An NTSB report detailed PG&E's culpability in the explosion, citing ineffective inspections and poor record keeping. Meanwhile, local legislators are proposing numerous bills at the state and federal level aimed at making the pipeline system safer. Host Tara Siler talks with Paul Rogers of the Mercury News, who has closely covered this story over the past year.

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PG&E Ordered to Report to Regulators Before Raising Gas Pressure

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One Year Later, CPUC Remembers Those Lost in San Bruno Explosion

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NTSB Report Slams PG&E for San Bruno Blast

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Adding to PG&E's Woes, CPUC Declares Special Electric Bill Charge Illegal

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NTSB Begins Hearings on San Bruno Gas Explosion

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Utility Inspector Sent PG&E Warning Letter Before San Bruno Explosion

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San Bruno Explosion May Be Linked to Power Failure

Federal officials released the preliminary findings of an investigation yesterday into last month's explosion of a natural gas pipeline in San Bruno, south of San Francisco.

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Preliminary Report on San Bruno Explosion

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on last month's gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. Although the cause is still unknown, it provides new details on the incidents leading up to the disaster. PG&E was working on the power supply that fed electricity to a valve controlling gas flow, and there was an increase in pressure just before the explosion.

The California Report | Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010, 8:50 AM

Senate Hearing on Pipeline Safety

Officials say an eighth person has died from the gas line explosion that consumed a San Bruno neighborhood earlier this month. Yesterday, a U.S. Senate committee looked at natural gas pipeline safety. The hearing focused on automatic shutoff valves and an apparent lack of federal inspectors.

KQED News | Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010, 12:04 PM

PG&E Releases Detailed Maps of Gas Transmission Lines

For the first time since the San Bruno fire, PG&E has released detailed maps of its gas transmission lines to its customers. The utility's website,, now has a link in the "MyAccount" section that shows the gas transmission lines within two miles of one's home.

KQED News | Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010, 5:30 PM

The Long Road to Emotional Recovery for Blast Survivors

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The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010, 8:50 AM

Rating Gas Pipelines for Danger Potential

PG&E finally released its list of the riskiest natural gas pipelines in northern and central California. The utility said the disclosure was aimed at re-building trust in the company and its pipeline network after the San Bruno explosion and fire.

KQED News | Monday, Sep 20, 2010, 5:04 PM

PG&E Releases List of 100 Riskiest Pipelines

Under mounting pressure from the public, regulators, and the media, the San Francisco-based utility released its current list of 100 pipeline segments most in need of maintenance or replacement. The utility cautioned that pipeline segments on the list are not considered at imminent risk of failure.

The California Report | Friday, Sep 17, 2010, 4:30 PM

Pipeline Safety

More than a week after the deadly gas pipeline explosion and fire in San Bruno, there are still more questions than answers. Why did it take so long to shut off the valves? Why didn't PG&E repair that pipeline, even after it was identified as dangerous and after regulators approved a rate hike to pay for the repairs?

KQED News | Friday, Sep 17, 2010, 9:04 AM

San Bruno Explosion Victims Remembered

Friends and family remembered two victims of the San Bruno gas fire at a vigil last night. The funeral for Jacqueline Grieg and her daughter Janessa is Friday.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM

Update on San Bruno Fire Burn Victims

One of the patients recovering from the San Bruno gas fire at San Francisco General hospital was released yesterday. An 80-year-old female, she was released in good condition. Three people remain at the hospital: one man in critical condition, and two women in fair condition.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM

Should Pipeline Locations Be Public Knowledge?

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has sided with PG&E in calling for the precise locations of utiliy pipelines to remain secret. A spokesperson said Newsom wants the public to know general locations, but understands the need to guard the pipelines from terrorist and other threats. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has introduced legislation to force PG&E to detail where those pipelines are.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM

San Bruno Elementary School Evacuated, False Alarm

School officials in San Bruno have evacuated an elementary school over what turned out to be a false alarm. Around 8:30am today, a parent smelled gas near Portola Elementary School, less than a mile from last week's gas line explosion. All 270 students were bussed to Parkside Intermediate School as a precaution.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 10:04 AM

Proposal Would Strengthen Pipeline Oversight

The Obama administration wants to strengthen oversight of the nation's pipelines. Under the proposal from the Department of Transportation, the number of inspectors overseeing the nation's vast pipeline network would increase from 100 to 140, and the fines for saferty violations would increase significantly. The plan will be introduced as a bill by California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

The California Report | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 8:50 AM

Governor Visits Explosion Site

Governor Schwarzenegger is supporting calls to strengthen oversight of gas pipelines like the one that exploded last week in San Bruno. Schwarzenegger got his first look at the incinerated San Bruno neighborhood yesterday, right after returning to from a week-long trade mission in Asia.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 8:05 AM

Should Pipeline Locations Be Public Knowledge?

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has sided with PG&E in calling for the precise locations of utiliy pipelines to remain secret. A spokesperson said Newsom wants the public to know general locations, but understands the need to guard the pipelines from terrorist and other threats. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has introduced legislation to force PG&E to detail where those pipelines are.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 16, 2010, 8:05 AM

Governor Visits San Bruno Fire Site

Governor Schwarzenegger is pledging a quick explanation of what caused last week's San Bruno pipeline explosion and fire. Schwarzenegger stopped by after returning from a week-long trade mission in Asia.

KQED News | Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010, 5:30 PM

New Push for Pipeline Safety as Blast Probe Continues

The focus of the response to last week's San Bruno pipeline disaster shifted to Washington, D.C., today, as California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer joined with the Obama administration to propose increased federal oversight of pipelines. Meantime, investigators continue to inspect the pipe involved in the blast and sift through the public filings of pipeline owner PG&E for clues about the facility's condition before it blew up. Host Kelly Wilkinson discusses the latest developments with Paul Rogers, a reporter with the San Jose Mercury News and managing editor of KQED's Quest science and environment program. He's been reporting on the disaster and its aftermath.

KQED News | Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010, 5:04 PM

Obama Administration Releases Plan for Improved Pipeline Oversight.

The Obama administration called for tighter federal oversight of oil and gas pipelines today. And the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said the federal agency that's responsible for regulating pipelines is too willing to accept industry assurances that its equipment and practices are safe.

KQED News | Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010, 5:04 PM

Schwarzenegger Promises Answers in Visit to San Bruno

Gov. Schwarzenegger visited the neighborhood that was ground zero in last week's pipeline blast and fire. He praised emergency crews and residents for their response to the disaster--and promised that the state will deliver answers about why the pipeline exploded.

KQED News | Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010, 4:32 PM

House Panel Takes on Pipeline Safety

A House of Representatives committee in Washington, D.C., met to discuss the condition and safety of the nation's sprawling pipeline system. The hearing was to focus on an oil spill in Michigan over the summer--but last week's natural gas blast in San Bruno took center stage as an example of the dangers posed by aging infrastructure.

KQED News | Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010, 12:04 PM

Riskiest Gas Lines in the Bay Area Are in the East Bay

The highest-risk gas lines in the Bay Area, according to a PG&E filing from last year, run through Fremont, Livermore, and Sunol. At the time PG&E told the state it would cost more than $48 million to replace the high-risk sections; they're due to be inspected in the next month.

KQED News | Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010, 9:04 AM

Legislators Ask For Automatic Pipeline Shutoff

Many homeowners have installed valves to automatically cut off their gas service after an earthquake. Some lawmakers are calling for PG&E and other utilities to do the same on a larger scale for major gas pipelines, like the one that blew up last week in San Bruno.

Forum | Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010, 9:00 AM

Underground Pipeline Safety

The more than 50-year-old gas pipeline that failed in San Bruno, killing at least four people, will be scrutinized by federal officials this week. The explosion has renewed calls for closer analysis of the thousands of miles of underground gas pipelines in California. What should California do about its aging utility infrastructure?

The California Report | Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010, 8:50 AM

Preventing Future Pipeline Disasters

As San Bruno residents sift through the wreckage of last week's disaster, reporters and lawmakers are sifting through PG&E's filings with state regulators. They're looking for details that explain what happened, what risk there is of another natural gas pipeline explosion, and what new rules might be developed to avoid such a thing.

KQED News | Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010, 5:04 PM

PG&E Faces Pressure to Disclose Location, Condition of Big Gas Lines

PG&E is facing demands from customers worried about major natural gas pipelines to say where the facilities are. And consumer advocates are pressuring the utility to disclose the results of pipeline inspections.

KQED News | Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010, 4:32 PM

Legislature Could Mandate Pipeline Shutoff Valves

State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco is among several legislators promoting legislation that would require automatic shutoff valves on major natural gas pipelines like the one that exploded in San Bruno last week.

The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010, 8:50 AM

Brownouts, Cutbacks at Cash-Strapped Fire Departments

Last week's pipeline inferno in San Bruno highlighted the role of firefighters as a first line of defense against urban disaster. But state and municipal money problems are making it much harder for many fire departments to respond to ordinary calls.

The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010, 8:50 AM

San Bruno Investigation Town Hall

Residents of San Bruno heard from federal and state officials last night about the ongoing investigation into last week's natural gas pipeline explosion. About 200 people attended a town hall meeting at a local church.

KQED News | Tuesday, Sep 14, 2010, 8:05 AM

San Bruno Residents Fearful Of Remaining Pipelines

State and federal officials continue their investigation into last week?s fatal pipeline blast in San Bruno. At a community meeting last night, residents expressed concern about the remaining natural gas pipelines in the neighborhood.

KQED News | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 8:00 PM

National Transportation Safety Board Concludes Investigation at Explosion Epicenter

The NTSB has shipped the gas pipe that exploded in San Bruno to Washington, D.C. for further tests and will issue an initial report in a month.

California Money | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 3:57 PM

Will Victims' Fund Repair PG&E's Reputation?

PG&E officials announced today they're creating a $100 million fund to help victims of the San Bruno gas explosion. PG&E's president has said if the company is found to be responsible for the accident, it will make it right. But is that enough to repair PG&E's reputation?

KQED News | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 11:04 AM

Preliminary Report on Gas Fire May Come Within a Month

An official preliminary report on how the San Bruno gas fire happened may be released within the next month. That's when the National Transportation Safety Board plans to release its early findings. Investigators need all the evidence they can get, including camera phone pictures and video from bystanders.

KQED News | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 10:04 AM

Some San Bruno Residents Reluctant to Return Home

San Bruno residents affected by the explosion and fire are working to put their lives back together. As Julia McEvoy reports, some aren't sure they want to go back home just yet.

KQED News | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 10:04 AM

SF Hospital Updates Info on San Bruno Patients

San Francisco General Hospital has released updated information on its four patients from the San Bruno fire. As of this morning, one of the hospital's patients -- a 50 year old male burn victim -- is in critical condition. Two women being treated for smoke inhalation are in serious condition. One female in her 80s is in fair condition, also being treated for burns.

KQED News | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 8:05 AM

NTSB Examines San Bruno Pipeline

Metallurgists in Washington DC are examining three large sections of natural gas pipeline from the San Bruno Fire. The National Transportation and Safety Board shipped those sections over the weekend. The agency formed a task force including state regulators and PG & E.

KQED News | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 6:04 AM

San Bruno Evacuees Begin Returning Home

San Bruno fire evacuees began returning to their homes yesterday, as utility crews restored power one house at a time. Some residents said service came back within minutes. But others are still wondering if it's really safe to turn on the gas.

KQED News | Monday, Sep 13, 2010, 6:04 AM

State Senators Call for Hearings on San Bruno Fire

Democrats Mark Leno of San Francisco and Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, plan to set dates for joint hearings of their respective committees. Padilla chairs the State Senate's Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.

The California Report | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 4:30 PM

The San Bruno Fire

Veteran firefighters say they've never seen anything like the massive explosion and wall of flames Thursday night that incinerated a neighborhood in San Bruno. Over 50 homes were destroyed, and at least four people died. The exact cause of the inferno involving a PG&E gas line is under investigation.

California Money | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 3:57 PM

San Bruno Explosion Rattles Utility Investors

The gas explosion in San Bruno rattled many utility investors today. At one point, shares of PG&E plunged almost 8 percent. PG&E owns the natural gas pipeline that ruptured, causing the massive, deadly fire. Home insurance companies are arriving in San Bruno to set up temporary offices.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 1:04 PM

NTSB Investigates the PG&E Explosion, Again

The National Transportation Safety Board is in San Bruno to lead the investigation into the explosion. Investigators looked into another PG&E accident on Christmas Eve, 2008.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 1:04 PM

Fire Death Toll Stands at Four, Eight in Critical Condition

The death toll from last night's explosion in San Bruno stands at four. At least 50 people were hurt, including eight who are in critical condition. Four burn victims were taken to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. Reporters were briefed on their status at the hospital this afternoon.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 12:04 PM

Blood Donations Can Wait, for Now

Blood Centers of the Pacific says that local hospitals treating San Bruno fire victims are supplied well enough. But in a post on Facebook, the agency invites donors to give next week, to be sure the supplies are replenished. Type O-negative blood is most urgently needed.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 12:04 PM

San Bruno Fire Sparks Wave of Generosity

The San Bruno gas fire has also sparked a tremendous wave of generosity. The Red Cross has arranged for two local churches to receive physical donations. Local spokesman Steve Sharp says cash donations are always welcomed, and volunteers are not currently needed. But, Sharp suggests that willing volunteers get ready for the next disaster. The two local churches are: the Church of the Highlands at 1900 Monterey Road; and the San Bruno United Methodist Church, at 560 El Camino.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 11:04 AM

Three Burn Victims in Critical Condition From San Bruno Fire

We're awaiting word on the status of burn victims from the San Bruno gas fire. At last report, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital had four burn patients: three in critical condition, and one in serious condition. At a news conference earlier today, San Bruno Fire Chief Dennis Haig said his crews had a hard time getting close to last night's fire. Four people have died.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 10:04 AM

What Caused the San Bruno Fire?

What caused the San Bruno gas fire? Some residents have said they complained about a smell of natural gas in the days, and possibly weeks, before last night's deadly explosion. This morning the president of PG&E says the utility is looking into those claims. Fire officials say the gas fire is now 75 percent contained. Thirty-eight homes were destroyed, seven significantly damaged and many more have superficial damage. Four people are known dead, 52 have been injured and sent to hospitals.

Forum | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 9:00 AM

San Bruno Gas Fire

We discuss the latest news on Thursday night's deadly explosion and gas fire in San Bruno.

The California Report | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 8:50 AM

Fire Rips through San Bruno Neighborhood

A massive emergency response is in place around the scene of an explosion last night in San Bruno, a bedroom community near the San Francisco International Airport. It's believed a gas line break sparked the blast that killed at least three people and leveled 53 homes.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 7:30 AM

Evacuees Gather in Shelters as Donations Come In

Throughout the evening people streamed by two shelters established by the Red Cross, the Bayhill Shopping Center, and the hospital with bags of donations or to offer their help. Blood Centers of the Pacific is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations, particularly of Type O negative.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 7:30 AM

State of Emergency Declared in San Mateo County

Emergency response has shifted from suppressing the blaze in San Bruno to treating the wounded, searching for survivors, and surveying the damage. Four people are confirmed dead, 38 homes are destroyed, and more than one hundred are damaged.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 7:05 AM

Tara Siler Reports Live From San Bruno

With the sunrise we now see the damage in the clear, for the first time. Officials say a 30-inch gas transmission line exploded somehow. First responders have set up a command center on San Bruno Avenue, below the burn area.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 7:05 AM

Accounting for San Bruno Survivors

The fire in San Bruno is nearly out. City Manager Connie Jackson says job one is accounting for the people who lived near the disaster. Residents can contact the Red Cross, or go to the San Bruno Veterans Center, which has become a makeshift shelter. You can also call in to the emergency center, and here's the number: (650) 616-7180.

KQED News | Friday, Sep 10, 2010, 6:04 AM

Explosion and Fire Rip through San Bruno

The fires are mostly contained now in San Bruno, 12 hours after a natural gas line exploded, sending a fireball rushing into the sky. Some residents thought it was a plane crash. Everyone grabbed what they could, and ran. Firefighters reduced the explosion to just a few hotspots, but at least three people are dead, and at least 53 homes are destroyed.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 09, 2010, 11:00 PM

Homes Destroyed in San Bruno Fire

At least three people have died and more have been hospitalized with burns after a massive fire roared through San Bruno. Officials say the flames were 80-feet-high. The raging fire destroyed 53 homes and damaged more than 120.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 09, 2010, 10:00 PM

Medical Officials Respond Quickly to Fire

A massive fire continues to burn in San Bruno. Four hospitals in the area are treating victims. The coroner has confirmed one death.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 09, 2010, 9:31 PM

Firefighters Continue to Battle Explosion in San Bruno

Firefighters are still battling a large fire burning on a hillside in San Bruno near Skyline Boulevard area and San Bruno Avenue. The fire was caused by the explosion of a high-pressure gas line operated by PG&E Corp.

KQED News | Thursday, Sep 09, 2010, 7:30 PM

Explosion in San Bruno

Firefighters are battling a large fire burning on a hillside in San Bruno near the area of Skyline Boulevard and San Bruno Avenue, on the peninsula due west of San Francisco airport.


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