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U.S. crews search homes after blast kills 4

U.S. crews search homes after blast kills 4

Federal authorities are probing a natural gas pipeline and how it was maintained as they investigate the thunderous line explosion and raging inferno that devastated this suburban San Francisco neighborhood. City leaders called for a town hall meeting yesterday to start San Bruno's healing process.
Officials were trying to determine what led up to the conflagration that killed at least four people, injured dozens of others and raised questions about the safety of similar lines that crisscross towns across America.
"It looks like a moonscape in some areas," Fire Chief Dennis Haag said Friday.
At least 50 people were hurt, with seven sustaining critical injuries in the explosion Thursday evening that left a giant crater and laid waste to dozens of 1960s-era homes in the hills overlooking San Francisco Bay. The city will hold town hall meeting at a local church yesterday.
The utility that operates the 75cm (30-inch) diameter line said it was trying to find out what caused the steel gas pipe to rupture and ignite. Federal pipeline safety inspectors were also on the scene Friday afternoon.
"It was just an amazing scene of destruction," National Transportation Safety Board vice chairman Christopher Hart said.
At an evacuation center, residents anxiously awaited word on the fate of their homes.
Others, like Freddy Tobar and his wife Nora, thought about the house they lost. He saw flames shooting up outside his window and then through his home. He grabbed his chihuahua and ran outside, getting second degree burns on his arms and the side of his face.


Updated : 2021-04-13 18:30 GMT+08:00