SAN BRUNO, CA: A roaring fire ripped through San Bruno, California, a suburb of San Francisco, last night causing major damage. The blaze which started around 6pm killed atleast 6 people, completely destroyed 50 homes and damaged over 120 others.
The blaze was caused by a high-pressure gas line that exploded and sent residents into a frenzy. Dramatic television footage caught the action right after it happened and focused in on a gigantic fireball with flames shooting upwards. At first, those in the area thought there was an airplane crash or an earthquake because of the explosion’s loud boom.
The gas line that caused this mess is owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In a statement, they said, “Though a cause has yet to be determined, we know that a PG&E gas transmission line was ruptured. If it is ultimately determined that we were responsible for the cause of the incident, we will take accountability.”
San Bruno Fire Chief, Dennis Haag, says fire crews will take until atleast Friday afternoon to assess the area and do a full search for any victims that may have been overlooked. More than 100 members of the community were forced to evacuate and are being taken care of at a local shelter. Haag could not give an estimate of how many people are injured or missing.
At this time, the San Bruno Fire Department is still working on extinguishing the fire which is about 50 percent contained.