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Police: 5 people missing from gas pipeline blast

 An emergency worker walks through an area of burned homes in San Bruno, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. On Thursday, a gas line rupture caused a...
 Bob Vasquez, a volunteer and evacuee, helps with donation boxes at an evacuation center in San Bruno, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Fire crews do...
 Evacuee Les Vaccari, 78, waits for news about his home outside the evacuation center in San Bruno, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP photo/Tony A...
 Alan Doulphus, right, a city worker, wheels out boxes of donated clothes at an evacuation center in San Bruno, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Fire...
 Evacuees Antoneeti Vaccari, left, puts a donated pair of shoe on her husband Les Vaccari outside an evacuation center in San Bruno, Calif., Saturday,...
 Emergency workers walk through an area of burned homes in San Bruno, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. On Thursday, a gas line rupture caused a la...
 Emergency workers walk through an area of burned homes in San Bruno, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. On Thursday, a gas line rupture caused a la...

Large Explosion

An emergency worker walks through an area of burned homes in San Bruno, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. On Thursday, a gas line rupture caused a...

Large Explosion

Bob Vasquez, a volunteer and evacuee, helps with donation boxes at an evacuation center in San Bruno, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Fire crews do...

Large Explosion

Evacuee Les Vaccari, 78, waits for news about his home outside the evacuation center in San Bruno, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP photo/Tony A...

Large Explosion

Alan Doulphus, right, a city worker, wheels out boxes of donated clothes at an evacuation center in San Bruno, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. Fire...

Large Explosion

Evacuees Antoneeti Vaccari, left, puts a donated pair of shoe on her husband Les Vaccari outside an evacuation center in San Bruno, Calif., Saturday,...

Large Explosion

Emergency workers walk through an area of burned homes in San Bruno, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. On Thursday, a gas line rupture caused a la...

Large Explosion

Emergency workers walk through an area of burned homes in San Bruno, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. On Thursday, a gas line rupture caused a la...

The police chief in the San Francisco suburb where a gas pipeline ruptured and exploded, wiping out homes and killing four people, says 5 people are still missing.
San Bruno police chief Neil Telford made the comment Saturday at a public meeting.
A group of local, state and federal officials toured the damaged area Saturday and described a ghost-town full of remnants of cars melted in driveways and pieces of houses, some left with just the chimney standing.
Besides the 40 homes leveled by the Thursday evening blast, seven were severely damaged, while dozens of other houses suffered less severe damage in the fire that sped across 15 acres.
State and federal authorities say the section of the pipeline had been ranked as high risk because it ran through a highly populated area.
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Contributing to this report were video journalist Haven Daley in San Bruno and John S. Marshall and Sudhin Thanawala in San Francisco. Burke reported from Fresno, California.


Updated : 2021-03-04 15:21 GMT+08:00