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September 10, 2010
Explosion levels San Bruno neighborhood
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews tried to douse the remnants of an enormous blaze and account for the residents of dozens of homes Friday after a gas line ruptured and an explosion ripped through in a neighborhood near San Francisco, killing at least four people and likely more. At least 50 people were hurt, with three suffering critical burns in the explosion Thursday evening that left a giant crater and sent flames tearing through the middle-class neighborhood of 1960s-era homes in hills overlooking San Francisco, the bay and the airport. (34 images)

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Homes sit destroyed by a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. The crater left by the explosion is the hole filled with water at the top center of the picture. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan


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An overall view of the remains of dozens of homes that were destroyed by a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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Firefighters sift through rubble at burned homes that were destroyed by a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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Dozens of homes sit destroyed by a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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An overall view of the remains of dozens of homes that were destroyed by a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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Firefighters investigate a massive crater at the scene of a gas main explosion September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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Workers and officials look over a crater caused by a massive explosion in a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. AP / Jeff Chiu



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Firefighters sift through rubble at a burned home that was destroyed by a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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Firefighters sift through rubble at a burned home that was destroyed by a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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Aerial view of damage caused by a massive fire in a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. AP / Jeff Chiu



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Firemen work on the remains of a home damaged by a massive fire in a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. AP / Jeff Chiu



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Firefighters sift through rubble at a burned home that was destroyed by a massive explosion and fire September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Justin Sullivan



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Emergency crews work to put out the last fires the day after a ruptured gas line caused an explosion and fire in San Bruno, California, Friday, September 10, 2010. Contra Costa Times / Dan Honda



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A search dog sniffs through the rubble of a house, Friday, September 10, 2010, about 500-yards from where an underground natural gas pipeline exploded on Thursday in San Bruno, California. Los Angeles Times / Don Bartletti



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Tina Villareal, 28, who lost everything in the San Bruno gas explosion, goes through clothes, shoes and food at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center Friday morning. Villareal had planned her baby shower at her home for Saturday. The Sacramento Bee / Manny Crisostomo



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Evacuees look for donated clothing at a Red Cross shelter in San Bruno, Calif., Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 following a massive fire in their neighborhood on Thursday. AP / Paul Sakuma



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Tina Villarreal, top, hugs her boyfriend Nelson Alvarado at the Veterans Memorial Recreation Center, Friday, September 10, 2010 in San Bruno, California. Oakland Tribune / Jane Tyska



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People watch from a hilltop as a neighborhood below continues to smolder after a gas line explosion in San Bruno, Calif., Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. AP / Eric Risberg



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People watch from a hilltop as a neighborhood below continues to smolder after a gas line explosion in San Bruno, Calif., Friday, Sept. 10, 2010. AP / Eric Risberg



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Chimneys, burnt-out cars and a real estate for sale sign remain after a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in a San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Max Whittaker



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California firefirefighter Martin Medina mops-up a fire during a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in a San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Max Whittaker



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Cars and homes destroyed after a massive fire that roared through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. AP / Paul Sakuma



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Chimneys remain during a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in a San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Max Whittaker



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Firefirefighters work to contain and mop-up a fire during a massive fire in a residential neighborhood September 9, 2010 in a San Bruno, California. Getty Images / Max Whittaker



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A woman is treated by firemen after an explosion in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. AP / Mike Adaskaveg



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Police and fire officials meet at an area where evacuees gathered after a massive fire damaged a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. AP / Jeff Chiu



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A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. AP / Jeff Chiu



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A helicopter drops water on a fire after an explosion in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. AP / Mike Adaskaveg



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Firefighters battle a fire in the hills above San Bruno, California, on Thursday, September 9, 2010. Contra Costa Times / Karl Mondon



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A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. AP / Jeff Chiu



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A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. AP / Jeff Chiu



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A massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. AP / Jeff Chiu



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Flames billow in the hills above San Bruno, California, on Thursday, September 9, 2010. Contra Costa Times / Dan Honda



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A neighbor watches a massive fire in San Bruno, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. Fire crews tried to douse the remnants of an enormous blaze and account for the residents of dozens of homes Friday after a gas line ruptured and an explosion ripped through in a neighborhood near San Francisco, killing at least four people. AP / Michael Sah



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