Friday, September 10, 2010
Blaze engulfs dozens of homes in California neighborhood - CNN.com
CNN) -- At least one person died in a gas-fueled blaze that engulfed dozens of homes and sent fireballs and smoke shooting into the air in a San Bruno, California neighborhood, emergency management officials said.
Local hospitals reported Thursday night that at least 28 people were being treated for injuries from the fire, some with critical burn injuries. The number of dead and injured was "likely to climb," Kelly Huston of California Emergency Management said.
At least 53 homes were severely damaged and up to 120 homes have some damage from the fast-moving fire, San Bruno Fire Chief Dennis Haag told reporters.
The fire was about 50 percent contained four hours after it began, he said. But crews had still not been able to search the area for victims or access the high-pressure gas line that may have been the source of an explosion that proceeded the blaze, he said.